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Jim Beam fire continues to smolder, neighbors keep vigilant eyes on river

Some run-off has made it into the water.
Posted at 11:56 AM, Jul 05, 2019

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The smoke continues to rise from the rubble at the Jim Beam warehouse fire in Versailles. Now, there are concerns that run off into the Kentucky River has already happened.

Two-and-a-half days after the fire that destroyed the barrel house at the Jim Beam facility, the natural burn off continues. Crews are allowing the building to continue smoldering in hope that all, or at least most, of the alcohol burns. Added water from fire crews would cause run-off into Glen's Creek and then the Kentucky River.

Sadly, officials say some run-off has already taken place and they are asking river users to exercise caution. . If you’re on the river you may notice discoloration, foaming in certain areas and odor. They also believe some of the run off may have already led to deaths for certain aquatic life.

It would be advisable not to eat any fish caught in the river.

River use isn't prohibited, but you should use caution.