Firefighters Contain Massive Louisville Blaze

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LOUISVILLE, KY–The 6-alarm fire at GE Appliance Park has been contained, a GE spokeswoman said, though firefighters continue to try to extinguish it after battling the blaze since earlier Friday morning.

“Our first priority today has been to keep people safe and get the blaze under control,” said GE spokeswoman Kim Freeman. “We want to thank fire officials and emergency responders for their outstanding service in that regard. We feel very fortunate that due to Good Friday being a holiday for employees that there were limited personnel working in Appliance Park today.”

She added, “All production has been cancelled for the balance of today and through next week to replenish the production parts housed in building 6 and to conduct a thorough evaluation of all other buildings. We do not anticipate any disruption for customers.”

Nearly 200 firefighters fought the massive six-alarm fire at GE Appliance Park, and those living within a half mile of the fire were ordered to stay inside because of noxious smoke.

There are no known hazardous materials inside the structure at the park, 4000 Buechel Bank Road, but there are a lot of plastic materials, which are contributing to the acrid smoke, said Matt Rhodes, deputy director of the Department of Public Health and Wellness.

The shelter in place zone had been expanded 2 miles because low-lying smoke was not being dissipated by the wind, but it was reduced to the original half-mile, said Metrosafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan.

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