Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jim Beam Bourbon Warehouse Still Burning in Kentucky

Jim Beam Bourbon Warehouse Still Burning in Kentucky

Officials with the Department of Fish and Wildlife are counting dead fish on the Kentucky River in search of an estimate of the number of fish affected by bourbon runoff from the Jim Beam warehouse fire that started Tuesday, according to authorities. Officials believe it was caused by a lightning strike.

The Environmental Protection Agency is leading the investigation into the environmental impact.

Over 45,000 bourbon barrels were destroyed in the warehouse fire.

State environmental officials predicted this would happen, as the water used to extinguish flames at the Woodford County warehouses trickled down into a nearby creek and eventually the river.

While the growing demand for spirits continues, the fire that has occurred at the Jim Beam warehouse has proven to not halt production in any way. It sent flames shooting into the night sky that could be seen for miles and generated so much heat that firetruck lights melted.

"We're starting to see fish kill, and we think that it's very likely to get worse", said Mura in a statement.

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The Legislative Council has suspended meetings until October for repairs to the heavily damaged complex. But many resent what they see as increasing meddling by the mainland and the erosion of those freedoms.

"The company will continue response to the runoff and conduct cleanup operations at the site and continue to work with unified command on downstream impacts", York said. The destroyed warehouse was about 100 yards (91 meters) from Glenns Creek, a tributary of the Kentucky River. At its peak, the fire spread briefly to a second warehouse at the site, but firefighters were able to knock that fire down before it spread throughout the building. "Customers noticed a change in the smell and taste of the tap water for several days".

One barrel can produce approximately 150 to 200 bourbon bottles, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

Beam Suntory officials haven't given a dollar amount on the loss but said the warehouse and its contents were insured.

Jim Beam is the world's best-selling bourbon brand.

He adds, representatives from both state agencies, Jim Beam, their contractor are working to contain the spill and others have been meeting daily since the fire, to mitigate its effects.

The classic American whiskey brand is owned by Suntory Holdings Ltd., a Japanese beverage company.

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