Tire Fire on West Main – April 14, 2013

At 0003, Abingdon Fire was alerted to a fire in the 900 Block of West Main. The call originally came in as a brush fire with a fence row on fire. Police units on scene then advised the fire was a large pile of tires behind a tire store. When Fire Unit 210 arrived on scene, he advised there was a very large fire. The large pile of tires was fully involved along with a wooden fence and a power pole. No nearby structures were involved; which included the tire store, a bank, and shopping/business complex. The water source for this fire location was a problem due to the distance to the closest hydrant. A 3″ supply line was establish to fight the fire. Foam was also used to extinguish the fire. A Town of Abingdon backhoe was used to turn over the pile of tires for quicker extinguishing. Pads and Booms were placed in a ditch behind the store to prevent runoff from the tires getting into the ditch. Engine 204, Tower 203, Tanker 202, Brush 208, Utility 207, Command 209 and Command 210 responded along with Abingdon Police, Washington County Life Saving Crew, Washington County Emergency Services, and Abingdon Public Works.