About two weeks ago, a warehouse collapsed at the OZ Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky, and just last night a fire erupted at the Jim Beam warehouses, consuming 45,000 barrels of their popular Kentucky bourbon.
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. Possibly caused by a lightning strike, one warehouse initially caught fire and then the flames spread to a second warehouse as well.
According to Chandler, approximately 45,000 barrels of bourbon were in the warehouse that was still burning. He speculated crews, that have already been working to put out the flames for 6-8 hours, could be on the scene until late Wednesday night.
You hate to see it. You just hate to see it. Usually, when a devastating warehouse accident occurs, many of the barrels can be salvaged, however, in this case, it looks likes all 45,000 barrels of that sweet Kentucky nectar are going to burn up in the flames.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the bourbon drinkers affected by this terrible tragedy.
Yet, just as Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, and the Breaker of Chains, rose from the ashes, so will we. And together, we will rise up and overcome this devastating tragedy.
And we will raise a glass of Jim Beam when we do.
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