Tire Fire in Lockport Could Smolder for Days

1:22 PM, Jan 29, 2012   |    comments
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LOCKPORT, NY - A fire that broke out Friday afternoon at a tire recycling plant in the City of Lockport continues to burn tonight.

Police say Liberty Tire is located on Ohio Street. Thick, black smoke can be seen in the sky throughout the city since the fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. No injuries are reported at this time.

2 On Your Side spoke with Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker who has been at the scene. Tucker says a large pile of tractor-type tires is burning and a tractor trailer full of tires next to it is also on fire.  He says it's believed the blaze was started by a spark from a transmission line.  Given the size of the fire, Mayor Tucker says it could smolder for days.

Tucker said it's the second fire at Liberty Tire in the past six months.

He added that Niagara County officials have set up air sampling stations in different parts of the city to monitor the air quality.  Tests have not shown any harmful levels of smoke, but residents in the area are encouraged to stay indoors and keep their windows closed. No evacuations are planned at this time.

People are also being asked to stay away from the scene so not to interfere with arriving fire equipment.

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Stay tuned to Channel 2 News and wgrz.com for details as they become available.

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