THUNDER BAY – Plumes of black smoke filled the sky earlier today. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Platoon Chief Rick Lahaye reports that “At approximately 10:40 hours TBFR responded to a reported woodchip fire that turned out to be a large tire fire”.
The fire resulted from an engine compartment fire in a large truck that spread to the load of recycled tires in the rear.
When TBFR arrived on the scene a large plume of thick black smoke could be seen and the rear of the truck was fully involved. Fire crews acted quickly to control the fire and keep it from spreading to a large pile of tires adjacent to the truck.
Fire crews utilized multiple lines and firefighting foam to knock down the fire so the truck could be safely unloaded and the tires fully extinguished.
5 pumpers and an aerial ladder and command vehicle were dispatched to this incident.