April 13, 2021

Fire at tire recycling plant continues to smolder

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The fire at the New River Tire Recycling plant will take three to four days to burn itself out and continues to send plumes of black smoke into the air, authorities said.

The fire started early Tuesday morning and caused the part of the building’s roof to collapse. No one was injured.

Authorities decided to allow the fire to burn itself out partly because the water that firefighters initially used to put out the blaze flowed into the plant’s stormwater drain, bringing with it debris from the burning material, said John Shelton, the director of Surry County Emergency Services.

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