Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4)

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2003/08/05 11:51:00 (permalink)

Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4)

BARDSTOWN, Kentucky (AP) -- Flames engulfed a seven-story bourbon warehouse Monday, sending alcohol-fueled flames more than 100 feet in the air.

The wood-frame Jim Beam warehouse collapsed about two hours after the fire was reported at 3 p.m. and continued burning. The company said the warehouse held about 19,000 barrels of bourbon, or less than two 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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    Lone Star
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/05 11:56:04 (permalink)
    A crying shame.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/05 11:56:50 (permalink)
    Holy cat...I drive past that place alot, what a shame.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/05 12:53:31 (permalink)
    No worries- they lost less than 2% of their inventory.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/05 14:18:45 (permalink)
    I burn my bourbon at both ends...
    It will not last the night.
    But ah my foes and oh my friends...
    It gives a high-proof light.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/05 14:31:25 (permalink)
    It must have been them guvment men.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/05 15:26:28 (permalink)
    Just heard/saw minutes ago on tv news that it's still burning!
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/05 15:35:26 (permalink)
    Bummer...
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/05 15:59:47 (permalink)
    It was a news break all yesterday afternoon...and the lead story on Louisville TV last night.
    Over 1,000,000 gallons of J B went up in flame. Luckily it was not the main distillery building and storage barn...but rather one building of several located close to Bardstown, about 8 miles from the Main Complex.
    The TV folks spent a great deal of time comparing this fire to the Heavens Hill Fire in 1996. In that one several of the storage barns burned, destroying over 120,000 barrels (roughly 6.5 million gallons of Heavens Hill). You may have seen some footage of the 1996 fire, since thousands of gallons of bourbon flowed into a nearby river, then ignited..Woods and riverfront damage extended 6 miles downstream before the fire departments involved managed to stop the spread.

    Footage today just shows blackened ground, a few small flames here and there and a totally destroyed warehouse/barn.[|)] First analysis is that the fire was Lightening started.

    BTW if you are ever in the area, the main Jim Beam complex is very visitor friendly. It is located about a mile of I-65 about 25 miles south of Louisville.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/05 16:46:22 (permalink)
    Oh, the humanity!!!!!!

    As quoted by Kent Brockman
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/07 12:47:55 (permalink)
    I was in Nashville that night and was beseiged by the same weather system that was pounding Kentucky. I totally subscribe to the lightning theory. I haven't seen a lightning storm like that since the one that hit NYC in 1977 and caused a major blackout. Definitely puts things in perspective. . .
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/07 14:24:45 (permalink)
    I would be more upset if it was the Yuengling brewery in Pottsville PA, truthfully!!!
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/07 16:24:16 (permalink)
    Taman...
    I was thinking it wouldn't be as tragic if it were a storage barn for barrels of Vanila Coke Syrup!! The stuff is so bad that Kroger's is selling a 12 pack for 99cents this week.
    News followup last night (wed.) showed flames still burning the ground (all that remains is ash) at the site. it takes a while to consume a million gallons of Bourbon...(for some folks!!)
    To each his/her own when it comes to beverage of choice.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/07 16:30:51 (permalink)
    Mayor - I totally agree. The only Vanilla coke should come from Sonic!
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/09 02:42:32 (permalink)
    Not having ever acquired the taste for dark liquors, I'm not going to cry over spilt bourbon. Now if it had been Stoli or a couple other vodkas I might. Or a good rum, like Cpt. Morgan's coconut rum. That and cherry coke, om my god! Nummy

    As for vanilla coke, Coke can keep it. That and lemon flavored coke. Although I do like Pepsi's lemon flavored.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/09 18:30:28 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    it takes a while to consume a million gallons of Bourbon...(for some folks!!)


    At lunch one day, Winston Churchill once asked his scientific eminence grise, Frederick Lindemann (Lord Cherwell to the rest of England, "The Prof" to Churchill and his family) how many railroad boxcars full of champagne he had drunk in his lifetime. The Prof pulled out his sliderule and got to work on the problem, calculating the constants of Winston's age and the fact that he usually had champagne both at lunch and dinner. Soon he had the answer.

    "Only part of one," he said.

    Churchill sighed. "So little time, so much to achieve...."
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/09 18:58:34 (permalink)
    FollowUp 2-- Scientists from the Kentucky Dept. of Natural Resources are investigating a large "Fish-Kill" in a stream near the site of the fire at the Jim Beam Storage Barn. It is suspected that the cause of the Kill is runoff from the fire-site.(fact)
    My personal evaluation of the situation---It has been difficult finding hard evidence supporting the 'run-off' theory since witnesses who claim to have observed several head-on collisions between fish (causing fatalities) in the named stream have proved to be unreliable when they (the witnesses) failed the Sobriety Tests given when they made their statements.
    An informal survey made of the technicians who gathered the water samples from the alledged bourbon-boosted stream found that 7 of the 20 collectors preferred a little ice added to their samples before tasting them. The balance of the testers drank the samples 'straight up'. 2 of the gentlemen are still sampling the stream-water, referring to it as "Sipping Water', not to be consumed in a hurry.
    The State officials overseeing the testing reported this afternoon that testing will continue until the last technician completes his work, which must be by 2am tonight, when Streams close legally in Kentucky.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/10 02:02:52 (permalink)
    Execellent story there Mr Mayor.
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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/10 02:08:19 (permalink)
    Finally the true definition of the phrase, "drinks like a fish."
    quote:
    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    FollowUp 2-- Scientists from the Kentucky Dept. of Natural Resources are investigating a large "Fish-Kill" in a stream near the site of the fire at the Jim Beam Storage Barn. It is suspected that the cause of the Kill is runoff from the fire-site.(fact)
    My personal evaluation of the situation---It has been difficult finding hard evidence supporting the 'run-off' theory since witnesses who claim to have observed several head-on collisions between fish (causing fatalities) in the named stream have proved to be unreliable when they (the witnesses) failed the Sobriety Tests given when they made their statements.
    An informal survey made of the technicians who gathered the water samples from the alledged bourbon-boosted stream found that 7 of the 20 collectors preferred a little ice added to their samples before tasting them. The balance of the testers drank the samples 'straight up'. 2 of the gentlemen are still sampling the stream-water, referring to it as "Sipping Water', not to be consumed in a hurry.
    The State officials overseeing the testing reported this afternoon that testing will continue until the last technician completes his work, which must be by 2am tonight, when Streams close legally in Kentucky.

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    RE: Jim Beam Warehouse Fire (8/4) 2003/08/10 08:04:49 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by CheeseWit

    Finally the true definition of the phrase, "drinks like a fish."

    quote:
    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    FollowUp 2-- Scientists from the Kentucky Dept. of Natural Resources are investigating a large "Fish-Kill" in a stream near the site of the fire at the Jim Beam Storage Barn. It is suspected that the cause of the Kill is runoff from the fire-site.(fact)
    My personal evaluation of the situation---It has been difficult finding hard evidence supporting the 'run-off' theory since witnesses who claim to have observed several head-on collisions between fish (causing fatalities) in the named stream have proved to be unreliable when they (the witnesses) failed the Sobriety Tests given when they made their statements.
    An informal survey made of the technicians who gathered the water samples from the alledged bourbon-boosted stream found that 7 of the 20 collectors preferred a little ice added to their samples before tasting them. The balance of the testers drank the samples 'straight up'. 2 of the gentlemen are still sampling the stream-water, referring to it as "Sipping Water', not to be consumed in a hurry.
    The State officials overseeing the testing reported this afternoon that testing will continue until the last technician completes his work, which must be by 2am tonight, when Streams close legally in Kentucky.




    I think the tip-off was that one fish was found dead on the banks in a patch of wild mint....while a group of his schoolmates was seen standing fin to fin, and an investigator distinctly heard a very gargly version of "My Old Kentucky Home" being sung.....
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