Thousands of barrels of Jim Beam bourbon burn in Kentucky warehouse fire

/ CBS/AP

Versailles, Kentucky—A massive fire erupted at a Jim Beam Warehouse in Versailles Kentucky on Wednesday. Firefighters in Kentucky are trying to extinguish a burning Jim Beam warehouse that is filled with about 45,000 barrels of bourbon.

Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler tells CBS affiliate WLKY-TV that two barrel warehouses caught fire late Tuesday night. Crews were able to put one out, but the other kept burning for hours. Chandler says it may have been caused by lightning.

A nearby road has been shut down as crews fight the blaze. Chandler estimates firefighters will be working at the scene late into Wednesday night. CBS affiliate WLKY-TV featured photos of the massive blaze on its Twitter page.

FIRE AT JIM BEAM: 2 warehouses caught fire overnight and 1 is still blazing this morning. The central #Kentucky facility holds about 45K #bourbon. https://t.co/wVAcaqB3Ac pic.twitter.com/Tc2kFxsU0c

— WLKY (@WLKY) July 3, 2019

First published on July 3, 2019 / 8:51 AM

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