Big General Electric fire in Kentucky, USA


This 3 April 2015 video is about the fire which broke out at a General Electric Company building in Louisville, Kentucky.

From WDRB in the USA:

Fire destroys storage building at GE‘s Appliance Park; shelter-in-place order expanded

Posted: Apr 03, 2015 1:38 PM Updated: Apr 03, 2015 6:37 PM

UPDATE: The Shelter-in-Place order around GE Appliance Park has been expanded from a half-mile radius to a two-mile radius, according to Metrosafe.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Hundreds of firefighters spent several hours early Friday battling a massive six-alarm fire at GE’s Appliance Park in Buechel.

Harrods Creek Fire Chief Kevin Tyler told WDRB it was a six-alarm fire, and Louisville Fire & Rescue was called in to help. According to Tyler, more than 200 firefighters battled the blaze. There have been no firefighter injuries reported so far.

One should hope there won’t be any firefighter, or other, injuries.

“We have no indication as to what caused that fire,” said Louisville Fire spokesman Sal Melendez, during a press conference on Friday.

A shelter-in-place order was originally in place for a half-mile radius around the park, but that has been expanded to a two-mile radius.

Tyler says it has been a challenge fighting the massive fire and conduct numerous water rescues.

Most of Building 6, which is mainly used for storage and finance offices, collapsed sometime before 8:30 a.m.

We talked to an employee who says a couple hundred people work in Building 6, but it was closed for Good Friday, a company holiday, and he doesn’t believe anyone was inside.

The flames and smoke were visible for miles, and was still burning out of control several hours after it started, and fire officials expected to deal with for the rest of the day.

“The fire itself is confined to that area (Building 6),” said Capt. Sal Melendez with Louisville Fire & Rescue. “However, it’s not still under control. So units are expected to be there for the remainder of the day and through the night.”

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