45,000 barrels of Jim Beam whiskey are fuelling a major fire, which may have been sparked by a lightning strike
- A major fire broke out at two Jim Beam warehouses late Tuesday in Woodford County, Kentucky.
- Officials said they would likely be battling the fire until late Wednesday, since it's being fueled by alcohol and the wood barrels.
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A major fire is raging at a warehouse in Kentucky that stores Jim Beam bourbon.
The fire broke out late Tuesday, around 11:30 p.m., Woodford County emergency management director Drew Chandler told WKYT.
The fire started in one warehouse, but soon spread to a second warehouse.
As of about 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Chandler said they had put out the fire in the second warehouse, but the fire in the first warehouse was still going and would likely take until Wednesday evening to put out, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
The fire has been difficult to extinguish because the wood from the barrels and the alcohol inside them have been acting as fuel for the fire.
Chandler estimated that approximately 45,000 barrels were still on fire Wednesday morning.
A handful of agencies are assisting in the fire, which brought fire-fighting foam to the scene.
A local business, Woodford Feed, is supplying sand to contain runoff from the fire, so that it doesn't spill into nearby Glenns Creek. Bourbon contaminating the creek could kill fish.
It hasn't been confirmed yet, but Chandler said a lightning strike may have caused the fire. The National Weather Service confirmed to the Herald-Leader that there were "a few" lightning strikes in the area around the time the fire broke out.
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