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Smoke from Trafford fire seen for miles

Smoke pours from a tire fire in Trafford. Source: Arielle Clay Smoke pours from a tire fire in Trafford. Source: Arielle Clay
Smoke from the fire can be seen for miles. Source: Arielle Clay Smoke from the fire can be seen for miles. Source: Arielle Clay
The FOX6 Tower Cam captured this image of the smoke plume at 2:18 p.m. today. The FOX6 Tower Cam captured this image of the smoke plume at 2:18 p.m. today.
TRAFFORD, AL (WBRC) -

A fire that broke out at a tire stack in Trafford near the Jefferson-Blount county line is still burning after several hours.

The Blount County EMA Director Max Armstrong says the fire could continue burning for several days. The Dallas-Selfville Fire Department lead the response to battle the blaze, but several other agencies assisted. Those include fire departments from Trafford, Locust Fork, Cleveland, Remlap and Warrior.

The fire started in a stack of tires at a tire recycling company located behind the "J.W. Fab" building, a hot rod hobby shop on County Line Road. Neighbors reported seeing the smoke from the fire around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

 

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management also arrived on the scene today to investigate how many tires were on the property. The property owner says the person operating the recycling business was permitted and operating properly.

"He was permitted from ADEM to operate a recycling facility," William Harris said. "He takes used tires and resells them to repair shops and other places that buy used tires."

Smoke plumes from the blaze could be seen for miles. The FOX6 Tower Camera captured images of the smoke that could be seen from Red Mountain in Birmingham.

Several people on the MyFoxAl.com Facebook page commented that they could see the smoke from areas several miles away, including Springville, Cleveland, Blountsville and Hayden.

At 9 p.m., FOX6 reporter Arielle Clay, who is at the scene, said smoke was still coming from the fire but was much calmer than before.

Check back with this story for updates.

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