A six-alarm fire broke out at General Electric Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky. early Friday, consuming the entire building. As of 3:30 pm, the fire was still blazing.
Jefferson County Fire spokesman Kevin Tyler confirmed that there were no deaths or reported injuries in the massive fire, but said the building is likely to be completely destroyed.
Fire officials are not yet sure what caused the blaze in the storage building, but said at this point they are just focused on putting out the flames. All production at the complex has been cancelled through next week, and affected employees will be relocated, according to WKLY.
Residents who live within a half-mile radius of the blaze have been ordered to shelter in place, according to Louisville emergency services spokeswoman Jody Duncan. The shelter-in-place order was not because of hazardous materials, but because of the smoke from the fire. “There is ash falling as well,” says Duncan, adding that the precaution is more for residents that have respiratory issues.
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