Thousands of barrels of Jim Beam bourbon burn in Kentucky warehouse fire pic. twitter.
A fire ripped through a warehouse in Versailles, Kentucky, on Tuesday and Wednesday, destroying about 45,000 barrels of Jim Beam Bourbon.
No one was harmed in the fire, but The Washington Post reports that damaging runoff has flowed into a nearby creek and the Kentucky River, and could lead to a severe fish kill.
Still scorching: Nearly 12 hours later, firefighters are still trying to put out the fire at the @JimBeam warehouse in central Kentucky. pic. twitter.
"We are thankful that no one was injured in this incident, and we are grateful to the courageous firefighters from multiple jurisdictions who brought the fire under control and prevented it from spreading," Jim Beam said in a statement.
" wrote Joshua James Innerst on Twitter, referring to the May fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. "C’mon Fire.
The destroyed whiskey was relatively young, and so the fire shouldn’t affect the availability of Jim Beam to customers, the company said.
Initial reports say a lightning strike likely started the fire, the company said.
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