45,000 Barrels Of Bourbon Catches Fire At Jim Beam Warehouse


A Jim Beam warehouse caught fire late Tuesday and firefighters are continuing to battle the massive blaze because of alcohol in the debris. The warehouse, in Versailles, Kentucky, caught fire around 11:30 p.m. Police Lt. Michael Fortney said a security guard called to report the fire.

Forty firefighters from five counties helped battle the blaze. A second warehouse also caught fire, but that blaze was controlled. The warehouse where the fire started has collapsed. The warehouse contained 45,000 barrels of “relatively young whiskey,” according to a statement from Beam Suntory, the parent company of Jim Beam.

“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,” spokeswoman Emily York told CNN in a statement. “Given the age of the lost whiskey, this fire will not impact the availability of Jim Beam for consumers.”


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