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.