Love it or hate it, Jim Beam is one of America's number one bourbon.
Here in America, we just love our whiskey and there's nothing that's ordered more at the bar than bourbon on the rocks, am I right?
So one can only imagine the anguish of watching 45,000 barrels of the good stuff going up in flames. Sadly for Jim Beam, this has become a horrifying reality.
Read on to find out what caused this unimaginable disaster in the Kentucky warehouse.
Whiskey is one of America's most loved alcoholic beverages.This beverage has its different varieties, such as scotch whiskey that is made in Scotland, Irish whiskey, and bourbon whiskey that comes from the US. And each and every single variety of whiskey is just so damn good.
America is proud of its range of bourbons.Bourbon whiskey is basically a barrel-aged distilled spirit. The most popular brands of bourbon are Jack Daniels, Woodford Reserve, and Jim Beam.
Jim Beam has been around for hundreds of years.
The popular bourbon has two warehouses open to the public.
There is a warehouse purely intended for production.
This very warehouse caught fire on Tuesday this week.The fire began at around 11.30pm, and, so far, it has been speculated that the lightning storm that was going on that evening was the cause of the fire.
The fire was spreading... fast.Police Lt. Michael Fortney said that a security guard reported the fire to the local authorities, and fire engines soon turned up on the scene. A total of forty firefighters from 5 different counties turned up to help to battle the quickly growing blaze.
The fire continued to burn throughout the night.Firefighters were working around the clock in an attempt to get the blaze under control - and it probably doesn't help that whiskey has extremely high flammability.
Whiskey is known for its flammability.Back in the 1700s, if whiskey caught fire, it was proof that the product hadn't been watered down. Alcohol vapor is the thing that catches fire, so the more alcohol vapor, the more fire... it doesn't take a genius to work that out.
So imagine an entire warehouse of whiskey catching fire.It certainly isn't surprising that the fire got so big so quickly.
The fire burnt through till Wednesday.Firefighters were using everything that they had to calm the blaze, including water, flame retardant foam, and even sand to limit its spread. The warehouse that contained thousands of barrels of the good stuff had slowly begun to collapse. By Wednesday evening, it had completely vanished.
An estimated 45,000 barrels were lost in the blaze.CNN: "Given the age of the lost whiskey, this fire will not impact the availability of Jim Beam for consumers."
Thankfully, nobody was injured in the inferno.She went on to say in her statement: "We are thankful that no one was injured in this incident, and we are grateful to the courageous firefighters from multiple jurisdictions who brought the fire under control and prevented it from spreading."
The warehouse had the same area space as a football field.
An attempt to prevent pollution.
The damage has already been done, however.The nearby Kentucky river has been massively affected by the blaze, with gallons of the product making its way into a creek that has drifted into the river which has divided the river in half - one being water, the other being whiskey. John Mura, a spokesman for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, said: "We do know there has been runoff enter the creek, and it has made its way into the Kentucky River."
Locals have been warned about the river.
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