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Jim Beam thanks firefighters who put out warehouse blaze

Jul. 16, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Jim Beam has written an open letter to some newspapers to thank firefighters for battling a fire that recently burned down a storage warehouse in Kentucky. The producer of the world's best-selling bourbon writes that it regrets the environmental impact of the fire. Beam officials say...

3 dead as fire guts New Delhi rubber factory

Jul. 13, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Three workers were killed on Saturday when a fire gutted a rubber factory in an industrial estate in India's capital, officials said. Dev Dutt from the New Delhi fire office said 34 fire engines battled the fire for four hours in the city's Jhilmil industrial area. Police and fire service...

Defendant in fatal warehouse blaze 'not blaming anyone'

Jul. 11, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The founder of a California communal living warehouse where a fire killed 36 people more than two years ago says testified Thursday he's not blaming anyone else for the deadly fire. "I'm not blaming anyone," Derick Almena said during his cross-examination. His comment was met with...

Jim Beam to be fined for bourbon fire that hurt rivers, fish

Jul. 11, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say Jim Beam will be fined for the warehouse fire that contaminated nearby waters with bourbon and killed fish. Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman John Mura tells WKYT-TV that there will be a penalty. He says the state Department of Fish & Wildlife...

Official: Lightning caused Jim Beam bourbon warehouse fire

Jul. 10, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says lightning sparked the fire at a Jim Beam warehouse that caused bourbon to leak into creeks and rivers. News outlets report cabinet spokesman John Mura confirmed the cause Wednesday. The fire started July 2, destroying the Woodford...

Artists' warehouse founder: City visited, had no complaints

Jul. 9, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The founder of an artists' collective in a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse that caught fire two years ago, killing 36, said that the many police, fire and other officials who visited the communal live-work space never notified him it might be a fire hazard. Derick Almena, 49, took...

Founder of warehouse living space testifies on deadly fire

Jul. 8, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The founder of a communal living space in a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where a fire killed 36 people more than two years ago took to the stand in his trial Monday, teary-eyed and subdued as he talked about his feelings but also animated and rambling when asked about his art and...

Bourbon spill from fire making way to Ohio River

Jul. 8, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Bourbon that leaked from a fire that destroyed a Jim Beam barrel warehouse in Kentucky is making its way to the Ohio River. State environmental officials say they're assessing wildlife impacts and doing fish kill counts along the waterways near the Woodford County facility. The...

Burned Jim Beam warehouse was insured; sprinklers deployed

Jul. 5, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Jim Beam storage warehouse that burned down, destroying 45,000 barrels of aging whiskey, was equipped with sprinklers and was insured, the company says. Meanwhile, the famed distiller is still assessing the loss of the bourbon. Remnants of the fire that erupted late Tuesday at the...

Decision on extinguishing Jim Beam fire a 'day or two' away

Jul. 4, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The fire that destroyed a massive Jim Beam warehouse filled with aging bourbon in Kentucky continued to burn Thursday as officials said the decision on whether to extinguish is still a day or two away. Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler said in a telephone...