Fire at Jim Beam warehouse in Versailles burns thousands of barrels

Two barrel warehouses at a Jim Beam aging facility in Versailles caught fire around 11:30 pm on Tuesday, July 3. There were about 45,000 barrels of bourbon in the warehouse.

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As of early Wednesday morning, Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler said one warehouse with about 40,000 barrels of bourbon in it was still burning and it will probably take at least six hours for crews to finish fighting the blaze.

Chandler says it may have been caused by lightning, but nothing has been confirmed.


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