VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP)– Bourbon distiller brand Jim Beam will pay a $600K fine, after their massive warehouse caught fire earlier this year, in July. That fine was ordered by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. The Associated Press reports the distiller agrees to pay it. Jim Beam is also set to reimburse the state agency $112K.
The fire started when lightning struck the barrel warehouse near the Woodford-Franklin county line. About 40,000 barrels of aging whiskey were destroyed. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife found dead fish along 62 miles of Glenns Creek and the Kentucky River, from the alcohol that went into the water. Sources tell the AP that some of the fines paid will go toward restoring the fish population.