Hoopeston Tire Facility Fire
Smoke and ash for miles, and a building destroyed.
Right now, firefighters continue to battle flames at a tire recycling facility in Hoopeston.
Volunteer fire fighters from eight surrounding stations responded to the call early this morning, and have been fighting the blaze all day.
Within hours, the entire three-block long building, was destroyed.
Hoopeston fire chief Cliff Crabtree ordered evacuations.. as the heat started to melt the siding on nearby homes.
The heat was too strong for fire crews to enter the building, instead they battled the flames from ladders above.
"Talking to some of the guys, it sounds like a spark right inside of a loading dock caught some rubber dust on fire." Said Hoopeston Fire Chief Cliff Crabtree.
Lance Smith with J & R Used Tire Services says, "I got a phone call about 5:30 from a couple of guys at work. Said there was a small fire starting."
Dozens of truckloads of water were brought in throughout the day, to feed the high-pressure water hoses.
So far, no injuries are reported... But the main concern now is smoke inhalation.
Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency have been in town for most of the day... Monitoring air quality.
Authorities say they plan to fight this fire for days.
We also just got word that the red cross is setting up a shelter located at the first church of god on orange street in Hoopeston.
The shelter will be open at 6 p-m..
Any evacuees are encouraged to stop by for food and shelter while fire fighters continue to battle the fire.