Health woes vex neighbors of tire warehouse fire

Fire at the Toce Brothers tire warehouse in Torrington. (WTNH George Roelofsen)

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A tire fire in Torrington that stopped burning more than a week ago has led to health concerns among local residents.

The Toce Brothers Co. warehouse fire began April 3 and was extinguished the next day. Water from fire hoses cascaded along the road containing bits of rubber.

More than 1 million gallons of water and hundreds of gallons of foam extinguished the fire.

The Republican-American reports that debris were strewn along the curb, around storm drains and filled in crevasses. Roads were coated with what looked like black paint.

Health officials say residents do not face significant health or environmental risks especially if they take all reasonable steps to clean their property.

Pamela Colucci says her dog’s paws were black and sticky after a recent walk.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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