Intense blaze at a recycling center for tires in New Brunswick

Intense brasier dans un centre de recyclage de pneus au Nouveau-Brunswick

The blaze was so intense that firefighters from a dozen fire departments in the region battled the flames.

December 21, 2019 13h55

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Intense blaze at a recycling center for tires in New Brunswick

The canadian Press

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MINTO, N.-B. — A centre of recycling of tires was the prey of the flames Saturday in the village of Minto, central New Brunswick.

The blaze was so intense that firefighters from a dozen fire departments in the region battled the flames.

The fire chief in Oromocto, Jody Price, has described the scene as “extreme” to the point of calling in more reinforcements.

The fire originated Saturday around 2am Saturday at the recycling factory tires TRACC, Tire Recycling located in the industrial area of Minto.

Columns of fire and thick, black smoke were visible in the sky.

The leader of the Alliance of the people of New Brunswick and mla for Fredericton-Grand Lake, Kris Austin, who resides near the recycling centre, described the scene by saying that the sky had an orange hue and an acrid smoke filled the air.

“This is disastrous for our community because TRACC is one of the major employers in Minto. I am also concerned about the environmental risks and risks to the health of people living in Minto.”

It is still too early to determine the cause of the fire and whether there will be an environmental impact.

The government of New Brunswick has written a message on its Twitter account to advise the population of the region to avoid the smoke, turn off the air exchangers, to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities.

Mr. Price stated that he does not seem to be injured, but he could not confirm this information.

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