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 may also fine the company. The cost of the fines was unclear as of Wednesday.

A lightning strike set the Woodford County warehouse on fire last week and destroyed about 45,000 barrels of bourbon. The site burned for days and runoff filled with alcohol and firefighting chemicals bled into nearby rivers and creeks, removing oxygen from the water and killing fish.

FILE - In a Wednesday, July 3, 2019 file photo, flames and smoke rise from a bourbon warehouse fire at a Jim Beam distillery in Woodford County, Ky. Bourbon that leaked from the fire that destroyed a Jim Beam barrel warehouse in Kentucky is making its way to the Ohio River. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says in a release on social media that an “alcohol plume” from the bourbon runoff in the Kentucky River is approximately 23 miles (37 kilometers) long. (Pat McDonogh/Courier Journal via AP, File)
FILE – In a Wednesday, July 3, 2019 file photo, flames and smoke rise from a bourbon warehouse fire at a Jim Beam distillery in Woodford County, Ky. Bourbon that leaked from the fire that destroyed a Jim Beam barrel warehouse in Kentucky is making its way to the Ohio River. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says in a release on social media that an “alcohol plume” from the bourbon runoff in the Kentucky River is approximately 23 miles (37 kilometers) long. (Pat McDonogh/Courier Journal via AP, File)

The cabinet said the nearly 23-mile alcohol plume moved through the Kentucky River and into the Ohio River, where it is dissipating.

Flames and smoke rise from a bourbon warehouse fire at a Jim Beam distillery in Woodford County, Ky., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Firefighters from four counties responded to the blaze that erupted late Tuesday. (Pat McDonogh/Courier Journal via AP)
Flames and smoke rise from a bourbon warehouse fire at a Jim Beam distillery in Woodford County, Ky., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Firefighters from four counties responded to the blaze that erupted late Tuesday. (Pat McDonogh/Courier Journal via AP)

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