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Dead fish filling Kentucky River after Jim Beam warehouse fire

The Kentucky River is filled with dead fish.
Dead fish in the Kentucky River (@KentuckyEEC)

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTHR) — The Kentucky River is filled with dead fish.

A Jim Beam warehouse fire that happened July 2 caused whiskey to seep into nearby waterways including the river. The amount has been toxic to the fish.

"We continue to see dead and dying fish. People using the Kentucky River in the area of the plume will see dead fish and may smell them," Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said.

The organization said the pollutant is expected to hit the Ohio River at some point Monday. However, it is expected to dissipate quickly as it enters more water.

The area of the river heavily impacted is about 23 miles long between Owenton and Carrollton.

State officials say you should not catch nor eat fish that appear unhealthy or dying.

More water quality tests will be conducted July 8.