LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Residents and property owners within a 2-mile radius of General Electric’s Appliance Park have a little more than a week to submit claims stemming from soot and debris that may have drifted onto their properties during the massive April 3 fire that destroyed one of the park’s many buildings.

Anyone who has an issue related to the fire can call (888) 456-7445 or e-mail APFire@ElectricInsurance.com to request a claim form. Claim forms must be postmarked by Aug. 1.

GE has already paid more than $500,000 in response to more than 2,400 claims, spokeswoman Kim Freeman said in an update emailed to the media on Thursday. The money is "to help residents with any clean-up necessary related to wind carrying smoke and debris from the fire outside of Appliance Park," she said.

"They just asked me a few questions and she said I would get a check in a couple days and it did happen that quick," said Annette Clayton who has already completed the claims process. "Within a week I had a check."

Meanwhile, GE has decided to demolish the offices that were in the front of the warehouse that burned, relocating about 250 employees within Appliance Park, Freeman said.

GE will invest $31 million over the next four to five years to upgrade Appliance Park’s fire suppression system, she added.  

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