Jim Beam Warehouse Blazed With 45,000 Bourbon Barrels
Somewhere around 11:30 p.m. in the city of Versailles, Kentucky, a Jim Beam warehouse was caught on fire. Forty firefighters struggled with a massive blaze caused by bourbon barrels.
A security guard was the one to report a fire. It took 40 firefighters from 5 counties to battle the flame. Meanwhile, another warehouse caught fire too, but firefighters were able to get it under control.
The first warehouse collapsed under this massive fire. As Beam Suntory stated, a company that produces the Jim Beam label, it held 45,000 casks of whiskey that were “relatively young.”
Spokeswoman of the company, Emily York, stated that the Beam Suntory was happy that no one was harmed in this incident and expressed her gratitude to the brave firefighters that restrained the flames. She also said that this would not affect Jim Beam’s place in the market, considering the age of the bourbon that was lost.
Police Suspect Lightning Might Have Been the Cause
Police Lieutenant Michael Fortney told that lightning hit the area on Tuesday night. Thus, it is possible that could have provoked the fire. Drew Chandler, chief of Woodford County Emergency Management, stated that warehouses were 6 or 7 stories high and were the size of a football field. The flames were still flourishing on Wednesday morning, and Chandler said that it had been too big and hot for investigators to approach them.
At about 2:00 p.m., firefighters managed to eliminate the flames completely. Chandler said that the facility will be handed back to the owner as soon as fire suppression is over and that they will keep on monitoring the establishment to prevent the fire from reigniting.