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    Post Kentucky-Distillery Fire (Jim Beam)

    BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Flames engulfed a seven-story bourbon
    warehouse Monday, sending alcohol-fueled flames more than 100 feet
    in the air.
    The Jim Beam warehouse collapsed about two hours after the fire
    was reported at 3 p.m. and continued burning. The company said the
    metal-and-wood structure held about 19,000 barrels of bourbon, or
    less than 2 percent of its bourbon inventory.
    There were no reports of injuries.
    Firefighters doused two nearby warehouses with water in an
    attempt to save them, while a fire truck stood by at a third.
    "Only one of them is on fire and they're working to make sure
    that it stays that way and to contain the burning whiskey," said
    Larry Green, city administrator.
    Bourbon from the warehouse ran off into a nearby creek and
    caught fire. Firefighters began to dam up the area, said Fire Chief
    Anthony Mattingly.
    Emergency officials did not know the fire's cause, but the
    company said in a statement from its headquarters in Deerfield,
    Ill., that lightning was to blame.
    Warehouse and distillery fires are typically devastating because
    of the flammable alcohol. In 2000, a fire at a Wild Turkey
    distillery in Lawrenceburg destroyed a seven-story warehouse that
    held nearly 1 million gallons of aging bourbon in 17,200 barrels.
    More than 95 percent of the world's bourbon is produced in
    Kentucky, where it has been made since the 1780s. More than a
    half-dozen distilleries are in the region, including Jim Beam,
    Maker's Mark and Wild Turkey.

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    ELLEN R. STAPLETON
    Associated Press Writer
    BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - The smoldering white oak barrels that held
    800,000 gallons of whiskey are all that remains of a Jim Beam
    warehouse in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country that caught fire
    Monday.
    But fire officials aren't dwelling on what was lost, because
    they say the blaze 40 miles south of Louisville could have been
    much worse.
    "More or less everything went our way," said Bardstown
    firefighter David Dadisman, who helped with successful efforts to
    keep the fire from spreading to three nearby warehouses and
    hundreds of empty barrels. There were also no reports of injuries.
    The fire began after the warehouse was struck by lightning,
    according to a statement from Jim Beam's headquarters in Deerfield,
    Ill. Bardstown Fire Chief Anthony Mattingly suspected that
    lightning sparked the blaze, but could not be certain until an
    investigation is complete.
    If lightning was the cause, authorities said it was fortunate it
    did not strike the three other warehouses, all of which were on
    higher ground. That would have resulted in the whiskey running out
    of the burning barrels downhill and spreading the fire to other
    structures.
    Instead, the alcohol runoff went into a creek that firefighters
    could dam up to prevent further spreading.
    "Of the ones you could have picked to burn, this one was the
    least threatening to the others," said Bardstown Mayor Dixie
    Hibbs, who watched the blaze from a road about a city block away.
    She was there when firefighters got another break - the metal
    and wood warehouse collapsed around 4 p.m.
    Without the collapse, firefighter Dadisman said, the fire would
    have spread to two other warehouses because the was blowing toward
    them.
    Bardstown Assistant Fire Chief Robbie Blanford said he welcomed
    the collapse because it "took a lot of heat off us."
    John Geoghegan, an employee at Trim Masters Inc. across the road
    from the fire, was outside loading trucks when he saw the flames
    stretching twice as high as the building. But he said the fire went
    down considerably after the collapse.
    "I heard a big boom, lots of rumbling," Geoghegan said. "The
    flames shot up, and then came down."
    The warehouse held approximately 19,000 barrels of bourbon, or
    less than two percent of Jim Beam's bourbon inventory.
    "We are grateful that no one was harmed and we appreciate the
    heroic efforts of the first responders and the local fire fighting
    personnel," said Rich Reese, CEO and President, Jim Beam Brands
    Worldwide.
    There are more than 200 bourbon warehouses in Kentucky, which
    store about four million barrels, according to Ed O'Daniel,
    president of the Kentucky Distillers Association. Jim Beam is the
    largest bourbon producer in the state, O'Daniel said.
    More than 95 percent of the world's bourbon is produced in
    Kentucky, where it has been made since the 1780s. More than a
    half-dozen distilleries are in the region, including Jim Beam,
    Maker's Mark and Wild Turkey.
    The last such fire occurred in 2000 when a blaze at a Wild
    Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg destroyed a seven-story warehouse
    that held nearly 1 million gallons of aging bourbon in 17,200
    barrels.
    A similar massive fire at Heaven Hill Distilleries' Bardstown
    production facility in 1996 destroyed a distilling building and an
    estimated 2 percent of the world's stored bourbon.


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    Thumbs down OH NO!!!!

    This has to be a national crisis....

    Jim Beam is my brother and has helped me through many a difficult situation as well as given me strength and wisdom.... Isn't there a song about that???

    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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