FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Crews continues to follow the environmental impact of the massive Jim Beam warehouse four.
Crew members are working to test water near the Jim Beam store's fire place.
This fire started on Tuesday night burned for several days, leaving a warehouse destroyed. Runoff from the fire has traveled more than 20 miles along the Kentucky River and killed thousands of fish.
Sunday, the Emergency Response Team swam the water again and tracked the plume of alcohol.
It begins traveling from the Kentucky River, into the Ohio River. They estimate that it is moving around .6 miles per hour.
Herds tests for dissolved oxygen. Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet officials say the alcohol leads to extremely low levels of oxygen in the water.
"The bacteria in the water go after the food source, which is the sugar in the alcohol and they break down the oxygen. The fish are beginning to become distressed and they eventually die," said Robert Francis, head of the Emergency Response Team.
They say the plum is about 24 miles long and that the leading edge creeps closer to Carrollton, where it will flow into the Ohio River. At that time, officials say the alcohol should be significantly diluted.
Meanwhile, herds use barrels to load the water and bring up oxygen levels in affected areas. They say the levels have already returned to normal from Frankfort to Monterey.
Officials say when it comes to bourbon spills in Kentucky that they know the drill.
"We've had several instances in this state, so when this happened, we were just ready for it and knew what the actions were going to take," Francis said.
According to officials, dead fish will naturally break down without damaging the river, so there is no plan to remove them.
In a statement, Beam Suntory quotes says With the fire off and all safe, we are focused on minimizing and mitigating environmental impacts. "The company says it works with emergency management agencies that improve water quality. 1
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