Investigation complete into GE Appliance Park fire, results not yet released
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The investigation into what caused the fire that burned down a building at The General Electric Appliance Park site in Louisville is coming to an end.
GE officials released video of demolition Tuesday, which means Louisville Fire and Rescue investigators have finished at the scene.
"We hand excavated an area of about an acre where we believe the fire originated at, then we recovered everything in that area. It was individually boxed up," Major Henry Ott of Louisville Fire and Rescue said,
When asked if investigators had determined a cause, Ott said, "We have possible theories and there are theories where we have witness information that is very strong. We've gathered some info and have been able to eliminate some things."
Building 6 at Appliance Park housed Derby Industries and a GE parts warehouse. The demolition is expected to take several months and it's unclear what happens next.
GE spokesperson Kim Freeman said in a released statement that demolition started last week on the building that was destroyed. It is expected that it will take several months to demolish the building, Freeman said.
According to Freeman, demolition was not able to begin until an investigation was completed. Despite the completion of the investigation, officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire.
Freeman said a report is expected in the coming weeks or months. She also says the fire will have no effect on a pending deal with Electrolux.
Investigators have already determined the fire started in the Southwest corner of the building. They do no suspect arson.
“When you have 10 or 15 witnesses telling you the same thing, the story becomes more credible," Ott said.
Investigators have been searching for evidence to support the witness accounts.
Ott says a final report on what sparked the flames may come in weeks. It will be public but it may not hold the definitive answer sought most...fault.
"While we may as we finalize the report not give an exact cause at an exact point. I think we're going to be able to defend a couple possible causes.," said Ott.
The stakes are high. GE is one of Louisville's largest employers and lawsuits have already been filed in response to the fire.
“I think people will have a real good look at what took place that day,” Ott said.
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