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A Jim Beam Warehouse Fire Could Destroy 45,000 Barrels of Bourbon

A major fire at a Jim Beam warehouse is likely to destroy about 45,000 barrels of bourbon. 

Two Woodford, Kentucky facilities went up in flames late Tuesday night, according to local news station WKYT, but firefighters were able to extinguish one. 

The initial fire might’ve been caused by a lightning strike, Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler told WKYT.

Dan Cohen, spokesperson for Jim Beam's parent company Beam Suntory, said that nobody has been injured in the blaze. 

"We have a comprehensive warehouse safety program that includes regular inspections and rigorous protocols to promote safety and the security of our aging inventory," Cohen said to WKYT. 

The warehouse that was destroyed contained 45,000 barrels of “relatively young whiskey,” according to Cohen, so the fire will not impact the spirit’s availability for consumers.

Jim Beam operates 126 warehouses in Kentucky that hold approximately 3.3 million barrels and the losses represent about 1.4 percent of the company’s product.

The destruction could end up costing the whiskey maker $90 million to nearly $300 million of lost Bourbon, Bloomberg reports. 


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