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Bourbon Fuels Fire, Taints Water Supply

May 10, 2000|Associated Press

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Flames shot 50 feet into the air Tuesday as a blaze consumed a seven-story warehouse full of Wild Turkey bourbon and reduced it to rubble, threatening the city's water supply.

Burning bourbon, mixed with water from fire hoses, flowed down a gully beside the warehouse and into the Kentucky River. A water treatment plant was shut after a large amount of bourbon entered the river near the intake for the city's water supply.

The burning bourbon also set fire to woods behind the water treatment plant.

The cause of the fire was not known, officials said.

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