VERSAILLES -- Bourbon that leaked from a fire that destroyed a Jim Beam barrel warehouse in Kentucky is making its way to the Ohio River.

State environmental officials say they're assessing wildlife impacts and doing fish kill counts along the waterways near the Woodford County facility.

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 long.

The cabinet says the bourbon should dissipate very quickly once it reaches the much larger body of water.

The cost to Jim Beam already has reached at least $50 million, Tom Fischer, founder of, estimated.

And that might be "a conservative figure, based upon what we know right now," he said.

Officials estimate about 45,000 barrels of bourbon were destroyed in the fire that started Tuesday. It was extinguished over the weekend.

Fischer estimated these barrels contained whiskey that was about 2 years old, and that barrels of that age are worth at least $1,000.

That would place the bourbon loss at around $45 million, Fischer said. He estimated an additional $5 million in damages for warehouse rebuilding and cleanup.

"That's a product that they're never going to sell and never going to see again," Fischer said.

The Louisville Courier Journal contributed to this report.

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