No injuries reported in large fire at Bristow plant

Mike Seals - August 2, 2021 11:19 pm

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — A large fire broke out early Monday at a tire recycling plant in Oklahoma but there were no reports of injuries.

The fire was reported at about 3 a.m. Monday at a recycling plant in Bristow, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of Tulsa. The fire sent large plumes of smoke in the air and emergency crews were responding.

Tulsa TV station KOKI reports that according to authorities, the fire was contained by about midday Monday but will contain to burn through the night.

KTUL is reporting that the spread of the fire has been stopped, and no injuries were reported.

But Bristow Fire Chief Charles Conkling said the big fire is a strain on the manpower and water supply of the small department.

“It’s been a struggle, because we just don’t have enough water to put something this massive out,” he said.

They’ve been shuttling water to the site – Oklahoma Tire Recyclers on Old Trail Road.

“We’ll be maintaining it throughout the day, and if need-be tomorrow,” he said.

Conkling said they know the fire was set by someone, because there’s no heat source – like power lines – in the far east part of the property, where the fire started overnight.

But Conkling said they don’t know if the fire was set intentionally or accidently.


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