Tires On Fire For Three!

Fires are dangerous however much we need fire to do some of the things we need in life. If it is big enough, it can spread quickly, it can destroy properties, and it can destroy lives, literally and figuratively. This is the reason why we have brave people who work to help out in case there are fires happening, we have the firefighters.

The fires can be stopped quickly but there are some that can run for a long time, eating more of the properties along the way, destruction of life and property in its wake. For the Sturgis Fire Department, three hours of firefighting is also hard work. The brave firefighters from this fire department spent three hours on the scene of a fire in a tire recycling and manufacturing facility. The facility’s crew started seeing smoke come out from the north end of the building and thought that a piece of equipment was on fire. Upon entering the building, the firefighters noticed that black smoke was coming from a tire granulator and the fire source are rubber or nylon pieces at the bottom of the machine. Thankfully after the hours, the fire was extinguished and it was declared to be fire-out.

Cobalt Holdings, LLC are processing at least 10,000 tonnes of tire scraps every year as stated by the company’s website and a tire granulator is there to grind and shred them to pieces in preparation for recycling. Thankfully, there are no injuries were reported as the workers and employees were evacuated as soon as the fire department was called into action. The possible source of the fire is known but the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Estimated cost of the affected properties and damages was not yet determined at the time of writing.

There was a lot of support provided in putting out the fire coming from the Sturgis Police Department, Lifecare Ambulance, and Sturgis Electric. Tri-Township Fire Department was also placed on standby during the situation. This happened March 8, 2017. This is a lesson learned for businesses, especially those that deal with materials and machines that can cause fires, so much like a tire granulator and even simple shredders. Accidents do happen. Fire happens.