Tire fire in Wisconsin...

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  1. PhoenixZorn

    PhoenixZorn 1/2 ton status

    Mar 17, 2005
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    West Allis, WI
    For those of you who live in Watertown, WI... I'm sorry... it's gotta suck there right now. I live a few minutes away in Waterloo, and every so often, the wind blows just right, and carries the scent of burning tires my way. Anyway, on to the story...

    Fire Spreads Across Acres of Tires

    The Associated Press
    Tuesday, July 19, 2005; 10:22 PM

    WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Fire erupted in a huge pile of tires at a recycling plant Tuesday, sending black smoke billowing for miles across southeast Wisconsin and shutting down roads as firefighters tried to contain the blaze.

    About six acres of Watertown Tire Recycling Co.'s estimated 1 million tires were in flames Tuesday night, a smoldering mound expected to take days to burn itself out.

    Emergency personnel try to contain a fire at a tire recycling company, Tuesday, July 19, 2005, in Watertown, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Morry Gash - AP)
    "Several days is being optimistic," said Jennifer Warmke, emergency management deputy director for Dodge County.

    No one was injured, but crews had to fight through acrid smoke as they used construction equipment to try to isolate the burning tires from unburned areas.

    About 30 tanker trucks were hauling water from nearby Watertown to spray on the fire, and more than a dozen area fire departments were called in to help, Warmke said.

    The plant sits just outside Watertown, a city of about 22,000 residents 35 miles west of Milwaukee. Rob Thiboldeaux, a toxicologist with the state Division of Health, said air quality had not yet become a concern for Watertown. The surrounding area is mostly rural.

    State officials offered to relocate about 20 to 50 people living within a half mile of the fire but no one had taken them up on the offer, he said.

    Tom Madsen, 45, who has a farm near the tire recycling plant, said tires had been piled on all sides of facility, raising risks of a fire. The plant grinds tires into chips and processes them into materials for other uses, such as road-paving or fuel.

    "It couldn't handle that amount of tires," said Madsen, who said he could see the smoke from Milwaukee.

    Burning tires release pollutants into the air and can send toxic runoff into streams. In 1999, thousands of fish were killed by runoff from a 140-acre tire dump fire that burned for five days in northeastern Ohio. In 1995, a tire fire on four acres near Traverse City, Mich., burned for more than 20 days.

    [hearsay] Apparently, there was a state inspector on the premises when the fire started... there was some discussion about shutting down the plant for the last few weeks due to the overload of tires they had on site. Needless to say, it isn't very hard to believe that the owner may have instructed one of his employees to toss the gas can and a torch into the pile of tires for the insurance money they'd get out of it. $2.00 per tire and 1 million tires... all covered under insurance... you do the math. [/hearsay]
  2. bigcountryk5

    bigcountryk5 1/2 ton status

    Mar 13, 2004
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    G-vegas(Greenville) South Carolina
    that sucks similar thing happened around here when a michelin tire warehouse went up in smoke it got so hot that the metal tables and such inside liquified and ran out into a pool infront of the building

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