Firefighters battle stubborn tire blaze

WARREN — Warren Township firefighters said someone set fire to old tires used as part of a pond embankment in a field off Risher Road, creating a stubborn, smoky blaze they had to fight for hours.

Fire crews were called to the scene around 7:30 p.m. Saturday and were there until 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Fire officials didn’t have the name of the property owner Sunday. A neighbor said no one lives at the location as there is no residence there, only the pond.

Firefighters said when the pond, which measures about 100 years by 200 yards, was built, old tires were interlaced with dirt to create the impoundment.

The Environmental Protection Agency was called in to investigate because of the potential pollution from the burning tires.

Warren Township was assisted by fire crews from Newton Falls and Braceville as well as a foam truck from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna Township.   There were no injuries.

Firefighters said most of the smoke remained high in the air and no evacuation of any homes was required.

The tires were still smoldering during the day Sunday and firefighters said it will probably be necessary to dig them out of the ground to fully extinguish the fire.

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