Large tire fire in southeastern Ky. still burning

STEARNS, Ky. (AP) -- A state official says crews have worked overnight fighting a blaze at a recycling facility in southeastern Kentucky where tens of thousands of tires were burning.

Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman Dick Brown said in a statement Thursday morning that the blaze at Kings Tire Recycling in Sterns is 50 percent out and crews expect to extinguish it later in the day. Brown says evacuations of two schools and a daycare were lifted after air monitoring results showed toxic materials were within acceptable levels. He said federal environmental officials continue to monitor the air.

Brown said the company in McCreary County had a history of violations, including a notice issued three weeks ago that said the business had more than 100,000 tires and lacked fire breaks.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 166463716 - local8now.com/a?a=166463716