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Barton 1792 whiskey warehouse collapses

A warehouse containing thousands of whiskey barrels at Sazerac’s Barton 1792 Distillery has completely collapsed just weeks after part of the building came crashing down.

Warehouse 30 was built in the 1940s and held approximately 18,000 barrels

The incident occurred yesterday (4 July) at the Kentucky-based distillery, when Warehouse 30 “completely collapsed”.

After the initial “unexpected” collapse of one half of the warehouse on 22 June, the remaining half of the building “was unable to be secured due to worker safety concerns”.

The distillery said the warehouse contained approximately 18,000 barrels.

The team “worked quickly to contain the spill from the barrels” and had equipment onsite “to address any further problems”.

“It is unknown at this time how many barrels can be salvaged”, the company said in a statement. It is expected “to be weeks before the root cause is determined”.

There are plans for a new warehouse to be built to store the recovered barrels.

No one was inside the warehouse at the time of the collapse and there were no injuries.

The team are working with the local fire and police department and the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection are onsite to provide guidance.

All other warehouses have been inspected and deemed safe.

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