COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Fire crews are battling the remnant of a big smoky blaze on the city’s south side.
Jack Reall of the Columbus Fire Department said crews were called to the Liberty Recycling Plant on Jackson Pike just after 7:00 a.m. Saturday where an acre of shredded tires was burning. Franklin Township provided assistance, and crews were able to control the fire quickly.
The recycling plant provided equipment to move the large piles of shredded tires around so fire crews can keep the tires wet, and control hot spots.
Reall said Jackson Pike was closed near Dyer Road while crews, hoses, and equipment were in the road. The road reopened just before 10:30 a.m. according to Columbus police.
Reall says neighbors need not worry about toxic smoke because the plumes rose straight up and away from the ground.
No injuries have been reported.
Smoke could be seen billowing over the city from miles away from the fire.
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