WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/AP) -- UPDATE 7/5/19 @ 2:43 p.m.
Jim Beam says a company warehouse that burned down in central Kentucky and destroyed 45,000 barrels of aging whiskey was equipped with sprinklers and was insured.
Multiple agencies worked to put out a major fire at a Jim Beam bourbon warehouse.
The distiller is still assessing value of the lost bourbon.
Remnants of the fire that erupted late Tuesday continued to burn Friday. Officials want to let as much alcohol as possible burn to reduce the flow of bourbon-filled runoff into nearby waterways.
Some of the bourbon has entered the water and has been visible on the Kentucky River. State environmental officials say fish kills were reported due to the runoff.
The spirits company says aerators were deployed to help "oxygenate the water" in an effort to keep more fish alive.
The distiller says sprinklers in the warehouse activated when the fire broke out.
ORIGINAL STORY 7/3/19
Multiple crews are on the scene of a major fire at a bourbon warehouse facility.
Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler tells WKYT two barrel warehouses at a Jim Beam aging facility caught fire around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The facility is on McCracken Pike, near the Franklin County line.
Chandler says one warehouse initially caught fire with flames spreading to the second structure.
Crews were able to put out the flames in the second warehouse. Flames were still visible in the first warehouse five hours after the fire started.
Chandler says approximately 45,000 barrels of bourbon were in the warehouse that was still burning. He speculated crews could be on scene until late Wednesday night.
Multiple agencies are working to put the fire out. Bluegrass Emergency Response Team out of Lexington is bringing foam to the scene.
Chandler also said it's possible the fire was caused by a lightning strike, but that has not been confirmed.
A local business is bringing sand to control runoff into Glenns Creek.
McCracken Pike is shut down while crews actively fight the fire.