HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. (June 6, 2000) — A storage facility containing an estimated 162,000 illegally stockpiled scrap tires caught fire May 30 in this Long Island community, creating pools of runoff and heaps of burnt rubber.
More than 200 firefighters from 23 departments battled the blaze, which started at 9:52 p.m., and continued until it was extinguished at mid-afternoon May 31, according to Mark Lowery, public affairs supervisor for New York´s Department of Environmental Conservation.
Fire officials still are investigating a cause. No evacuations in the surrounding areas were issued, but the fire did force an adjacent factory to shut down after two feet of runoff water spilled into the complex, Mr. Lowery said.
The tire pile is owned by Island Wide Recycling Inc., a local tire hauler. The company´s principal, John McDonald, had received 26 citations for not having a legal permit to store or recycle tires, Mr. Lowery said.