Tire Fire Serves as a Warning

The giant plume of black smoke from a burning pile of tires was long gone from the area of 16th and Storz on Thursday. The question now is what to do to prevent something like that from happening again.

Midwest Tire at 13th and Pacific sells a lot of tires every day. That means when they fit someone with new tires, the company ends up with the old ones.

Cliff Ehlers, with Midwest Tire, said, "They're worn out. We sell a lot of new tires, so therefore we've got a lot of old tires taken off, and to be disposed of. Customers don't want them back. There's no need for them. There's no use for them."

It isn't just a few old tires we're talking about. Midwest Tire takes in about 200 worn out tires each day. With so with so many bad tires coming in every day, what does Midwest Tire do? They take them to River City Recycling to have the tires shredded and recycled."

"Well, it's our responsibility to get rid of them. And throw them in the street, and back alleys, we couldn't do it. We couldn't dispose of 200 tires a day that way. We have to do the right thing."

Experts say it's that kind of mentality that can prevent something like Wednesday’s fire from happening.

The fire department says it was an old pile of tires sitting around that had ignited. If you want to avoid this, experts say to get your tires to someone who can dispose of them the right way.

“Take them to your local tire dealer. Most of the time, there's going to be a fee of about $2 or sometimes, $3 a tire to get rid of them, but that's the proper way to get rid of them."

A few dollars can prevent a mess.


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