45,000 barrels of Jim Beam bourbon destroyed in fire

Worldwide deliveries not affected
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A huge fire has ripped through a Jim Beam warehouse in in Kentucky, destroying around 45,000 barrels of the drink.

It is believed that lightning started the blaze which completely gutted the warehouse, one of 126 storing the popular alcoholic beverage.

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Fortunately, the amount affected is little over 1% of the entire Jim Beam stock of 3.3 million barrels, so worldwide deliveries have not been affected.

The barrels are stored in warehouses to age them, and a similar fire back in 2015 destroyed around 800,000 gallons of bourbon.

Jim Beam's parent company, Beam Suntory, said in a 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.

"We have a comprehensive warehouse safety programme that includes regular inspections and rigorous protocols to promote safety and the security of our ageing inventory."

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