More Details on Massive Fire at Jim Beam Facility in Kentucky

July 03, 2019Jul 03, 2019

A massive fire has continued to burn at the Jim Beam Kentucky warehousing today. Now, officials are revealing more details concerning the event.

Sources say tens of thousands of barrels have been destroyed in the blaze. The barrels contained the famous brand's bourbon.

"A Jim Beam facility ablaze in Kentucky -- with around 45,000 barrels of bourbon still inside -- continued to burn Wednesday morning, and officials say the fire may have been caused by a lightning strike. Woodford County Emergency Management responded to reports of a fire at two Jim Beam buildings on McCracken Pike in Versaille at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday," according to Fox.

Officials have speculated that lightning may be to blame for the disaster. Health and environmental experts are now wondering what impact the event will have on fish populations in the area. Some bourbon has gone into the stream and could impact wildlife.

"There was hope that flames would destroy the distilled spirit in the barrels, stopping runoff and contamination in nearby Glenns Creek. But bourbon had likely already reached the Kentucky River through a nearby creek where it could have a “sizable impact” to the fish community, a state Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesperson said late Wednesday morning," according to reports.

Sources say this won't impact the availability of the bourbon in stores.

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