Tire business catches fire in Maynardville

Tire business catches fire in Maynardville

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The smoke is visible all the way into next door Knox County. (source: Alicia Lucy, via Facebook) The smoke is visible all the way into next door Knox County. (source: Alicia Lucy, via Facebook)
Officials say hundreds of tires are on fire. (courtesy: Stephanie Davis) Officials say hundreds of tires are on fire. (courtesy: Stephanie Davis)
(source: Knoxville Fire Department) (source: Knoxville Fire Department)
(source: Knoxville Fire Department) (source: Knoxville Fire Department)
MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) -

Firefighters from several agencies battled a huge blaze at Imperial Tire Services in Maynardville Friday.

The business is at 139 Johnson Road, off Maynardville Highway. The fire was reported around 4:24 p.m.

Officials say flames fully engulfed one building at the scene, and they estimate about 400 tires caught fire.

A second building at the scene also caught fire. The sheriff's office says it was filled with dry concrete.

Along with the business fire, a residence on Summerset Way, which intersects with Johnson Road, caught on fire as well.

The heavy, black smoke from the fires were visible all the way in Knox County, directly south of Union County.

No injuries were reported, and officials closed Johnson Road.

Knoxville Fire Department spokesman D.J. Corcoran says from past experience at Boruff Street in April 2009 and Oak Ridge Highway in 1996, these types of blazes typically last for several days, but firefighters were able to extinguish the fire around midnight.

Smoke from the fire contained polyvinyl carbons which can be toxic, although Corcoran says the smoke seems to be dissipating high above the threat levels.

 

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