GE Appliance Park Fire: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

More than 200 firefighters in Louisville are battling a six-alarm fire at a GE facility. The fire broke out early on the morning of April 3.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Building Is a ‘Total Loss’

According to Jefferson County Fire Service Chief Kevin Tyler, who was speaking to NBC News, “The structure has collapsed. We have 18 different fire districts throughout Jefferson County on the scene.” Chief of the Harrods Creek Fire Department Kevin Tyler told the Courier-Journal that the building is a “total loss.”

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told the media “There are 200 firefighters on the scene. The park has been evacuated.” Chief Tyler said that firefighters were likely to be on scene with the blaze for the next three days.

Numerous viral photos show a thick plum of black smoke covering the city of Louisville. The city’s residents told the Courier-Journal that piece of soot has been falling from the sky up to three miles away.


2. The Fire Comes As Kentucky Is Buried in Floodwater

The fire has coincided with heavy flooding in the city. A flood warning is in place for the city until 2 p.m. on April 3.


3. Workers at the Plant Were Off for Good Friday

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(Screengrab via 12 News)

There were no injuries as a result of the massive blaze. WAVE’s Katie Bauer reports that all of the plant’s employees were off for Good Friday. Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer later confirmed that there had been no injuries or fatalities.


4. 6,000 People Work There

There are 6,000 employees who work at the 1,000 acre facility. It’s the headquarters of the GE Consumer and Industrial division. The area affected by the fire is not a production workspace. The company has not released an official statement on the fire yet. The cause of the fire remains a mystery.


5. One Fireman Called It a ‘Once in a Lifetime Blaze’

One firefighter told WAVE reporter Katie Bauer that the fire is “once in a lifetime.” He added that he had never seen anything like it.

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