Official: Lightning caused Jim Beam bourbon warehouse fire

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

VERSAILLES, Ky. -- 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 County warehouse and about 45,000 barrels of bourbon.

The cabinet said on Facebook that the alcohol plume is dissipating as it moves along the Ohio River.

Mura says the cabinet plans to issue Jim Beam a notice of violation that could lead to a fine.