Toxic smoke billows from Skyway tire fire


by KING 5 News

Posted on October 27, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 27 at 10:37 PM

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SKYWAY, Wash. – King County sheriff's investigators are looking for the cause of a tire fire that sent toxic fumes into the air Wednesday night.

The fire was reported at 5:41 p.m. at a salvage yard in the 13300 block of Beacon Coal Mine Road. Thirty firefighters from several agencies, including Boeing, responded. Dave Nelson with West Skyway Fire said the fire was out by 10 p.m., but firefighters remained on scene to watch for hot spots.

Multiple piles of tires fueled the fire. Firefighters had to hose off two nearby gasoline tankers as a precaution.

Thick black smoke could be seen for miles. While no evacuations were ordered, Nelson advised people with respiratory problems to close all their windows until the smoke clears.

Beth Hughes lives nearby and had to cover her face in order to breathe.

"The smoke smell is horrible," she said. "My eyes are burning my nose was burning."

Another fire happened at the same location in 2005 which was ruled arson. The cause of this fire has not been confirmed by the King County Sheriff's Fire Investigation Unit.

The Washington state Department of Ecology is monitoring any water overflow. The owner says the property does not have a retention pond.

There were no reports of injuries.