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July 5, 2019

Fire destroys Jim Beam warehouse filled with 45,000 bourbon barrels

  • Kentucky's bourbon sector is in the midst of a $2.3 billion-plus building boom, with new and expanded production facilities, more warehousing and bottling lines, and new and expanded tourism centers.
    Associated Press

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — A fire destroyed a massive Jim Beam warehouse filled with about 45,000 barrels of bourbon, sending flames shooting into the night sky and generating so much heat that firetruck lights melted, authorities said Wednesday.

    Firefighters from four counties responded to the blaze that erupted late Tuesday. Lightning might have been a factor, but fire investigators haven't been able to start looking for the cause, Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler said.

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