A huge fire at a Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky with over 45,000 barrels of the popular spirit erupted last night; in case we needed any more proof that flames and spirits do not mix.
It is reported that one of the warehouses located in McCracken Pike, Woodfood County, suddenly caught fire and the flames continued to spread over to a second warehouse within the estate due to the flammable nature of the spirit.
Miraculously, no one was harmed in the blaze and firefighters have been working around the clock to put out the fire. Thankfully, the blaze in the second warehouse was quickly put out but, according to reports, the flames were still visible in the first warehouse five hours after the fire broke out.
Talking to WKYT, the emergency management director for Woodford County Drew Chandler, said that as yet, the cause of the fire was unknown, but that it could have been caused by a lightning strike. Chandler also confirmed that there were approximately 45,000 barrels of the popular bourbon in the warehouse as the warehouse continued to burn.
Jim Beam is one of the UK’s most popular imported bourbons and, only a few years ago, the Kentucky based whiskey announced a 63% rise in popularity within the UK thanks to shows like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire.
Personally, I quite like a Jim Beam and coke and if you do too, then luckily the fire at the Kentucky warehouse won’t affect the supply to the UK.
Firefighters in Kentucky are battling a huge fire at a Jim Beam warehouse, filled with about 45,000 barrels of bourbon. Crews were able to put one out, but the other kept burning for hours. (AP) pic.twitter.com/2eHs59nJp8
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Dan Cohen, a spokesman for Jim Beam’s parent company, Beam Suntory, said in a statement: “We operate 126 barrel warehouses in Kentucky that hold approximately 3.3 million barrels for our brands, and the warehouse that was destroyed contained 45,000 barrels of relatively young whiskey from the Jim Beam mash bill.
“Given the age of the lost whiskey, this fire will not impact the availability of Jim Beam for consumers.”
Cohen also thanked the “courageous” firefighters for their efforts in tackling the huge blaze. He said: “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.”
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As well as the threat to human life, there are also fears that the fire could have a “serious impact” on the aquatic life in the creek that surrounds the warehouse and the Kentucky River. However, thankfully, there are currently no concerns over the safety of drinking water.