Bardstown Bourbon Storage Facility Collapses

Cornelia Mascio
Июня 25, 2018

The warehouse - a wooden structure with aluminum siding - stored about 20,000 barrels, Spalding said.

Bardstown Fire Department chief Billy Mattingly said work had been going on in the building to fix a wall, but work was not taking place at the time of the collapse.

Emergency officials say a large section of a bourbon storage warehouse has collapsed at a distillery in Kentucky.

There are no reports of any injuries. The structure has a 12-foot (3.6-meter) basement that would help contain spills, said Joe Prewitt, the local emergency management director.

Spalding says about half of the structure is still standing. Spokeswoman Amy Preske said the company was assessing the damage and declined further comment.

The Distillery posted to their Facebook page, "Thank you, everyone, for your thoughts and sentiments during yesterday's warehouse collapse". It expects to be open for tours Saturday and to resume normal business operations Monday, Preske said in a statement. The building's owner, the Sazerac Company, also could not be reached.

Officials aren't sure if any of the bourbon spilled.

Kentucky distilleries are aging a total of 6.8 million bourbon barrels, according to the Kentucky Distillers' Association.

The Environmental Protection Agency is at the scene along with county firefighters.

"Right now we're trying to determine why it collapsed", said Mattingly, and added that the forecasted storms heading to the area may pose fire concerns.

"We've had some warehouse fires, but I can't recall having a collapse", he said.

Typically, each barrel holds 53 gallons of bourbon and weighs about 550 pounds, according to WLKY.

Bardstown is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Louisville.

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