Fire that torched 45K Jim Beam whiskey barrels still burns in Kentucky

Burned Jim Beam warehouse was insured sprinklers deployedMore

Federal, state, and local officials continue to focus attention on reducing the environmental impact from the Jim Beam bourbon warehouse fire in Woodford County.

"The longer it burns, the more of the distilled spirits burn with it", Chandler told The Associated Press.

Officials with the Department of Fish and Wildlife are counting dead fish on the Kentucky River in search of an estimate of the number of fish affected by bourbon runoff from the Jim Beam warehouse fire that started Tuesday, according to authorities.

The cabinet's emergency response team, Woodford and Franklin Counties' Emergency Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an environmental contractor hired by Jim Beam have been working on limiting the impact the fire has on the river.

Chandler said Thursday that all the barrels have burned and the liquid has pooled in the foundation.

Firefighters plan to let the flames burn out while the focus increases on the environmental impacts. Chandler said crews are not sure how much fluid remains below the debris.

While officials can not pinpoint an exact cause of the fire, it's possible that lightning may have played a role in it. Fire crews placed aeration devices in Glenns Creek and the Kentucky River to stimulate oxygen and are blocking more runoff with sand.

"The fire is still burning". "The kind of protective clothing they needed to get closer than they did would be similar to what airport fire and rescue would use".

Fire investigators haven't yet determined a cause.

The warehouse, which is located on McCracken Pike near Glen's Creek, caught fire on Wednesday morning.

While firefighters allow the remaining whiskey to burn off, they have reopened McCracken Pike to traffic. "There was a minibus that drove by slowly with people hanging out the windows with their cameras...ordinarily, the bus would have turned around in the parking lot at the distillery next door (Castle & Key) because this stretch of McCracken Pike really doesn't go anywhere, but they extended their tour so the folks could see where the fire happened", he said with a chuckle.

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