Cleanup continues at site of Jim Beam fire

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Crews continue to remove debris from a massive fire that broke out at the Jim Beam facility in Versailles earlier this month.

The fire destroyed a warehouse with 45,000 barrels of aging bourbon and sent a large amount of runoff into Glenn Creek, located near the facility, and the Kentucky River.

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On Tuesday, the Kentucky Division of Waste Management posted an update on its Facebook page, saying around 90% of the debris left from the fire has been removed and disposed of.

It also says Jim Beam is in the process of conducting surveys along Glens Creek to determine any impacts to spring or ground water.

The company is also said to be working with an environmental contractor to conduct periodic habitat assessment, biological sampling, and fish surveys of the impacted area and will submit a plan to address any long-term cleanup solutions and site restoration.

Crews clearing debris at Jim Beam’s Versailles facility.
Photos courtesy: KY Energy and Environment Cabinet