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People living near GE's Appliance Park react to fire report

The fire produced massive flames (Source: WAVE 3 News) The fire produced massive flames (Source: WAVE 3 News)
A GE employee snapped this photo just as the fire began. (Source: Anonymous GE employee) A GE employee snapped this photo just as the fire began. (Source: Anonymous GE employee)
The fire happened on April 3, 2015. (Source: Air 3, WAVE 3 News) The fire happened on April 3, 2015. (Source: Air 3, WAVE 3 News)
Smoke and ash rained down on neighbors. (Source: Air 3, WAVE 3 News) Smoke and ash rained down on neighbors. (Source: Air 3, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - People living near GE paid close attention fire investigators' report on the fire that destroyed building 6 at the plant in April.

Many of them had smoke and ash rain down on them in the hours after the fire started.

[SLIDESHOW: Fire destroys building at GE Appliance Park]

Some in the area near GE have already filed a claim with the company. GE said it's paid out $500,000 to date to about 2,400 people in the area. That averages to about $208 a claim, mostly for cleanup of the debris that ended up on their property.

One in the area said he hasn't filed for the money and won't likely do so. 

[PREVIOUS STORY: GE fire keeps burning; shelter-in-place order lifted]

"The smell was more crazy than anything, the smell, watching the smoke up in the sky," neighbor Lamar Brooks said. "It wasn't nothing that was like real serious. It wasn't nothing that was like going to damage anything or hurt anybody."

However, Brooks would be eligible to participate in a class-action lawsuit, filed in the names of two women who live nearby, if the suit is allowed to go forward. It alleges the fire caused harm to the neighbors' property and health and that GE and contractor Derby Industries were negligent in operating the facility.

Both companies have asked for the suit to be dismissed. Some legal experts say, however, that the report actually strengthens the claims made in the suit.

Jasper Ward, the attorney representing the neighbors in the suit, said in a written statement, "The report speaks for itself. We look forward to GE and Derby Industries taking responsibility for the harm they've caused to the people in the surrounding neighborhoods and our community.

We hope GE and Derby Industries take the steps necessary to make sure they never cause anything like this ever again."

Anyone who wants to file a claim with GE's program to help with cleanup costs needs to have those claims in the mail by August 1. To request forms to file a claim, call 888-456-7445 or send an email to APFire@ElectricInsurance.com.
 
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