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Blaze at tire recycling plant expected to last up to two days

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The fire was reported just after 10 a.m. at Liberty Tire Recycling Center in southwest Louisville. The fire was reported just after 10 a.m. at Liberty Tire Recycling Center in southwest Louisville.
Official say the fire is contained but they expect it to continue to burn for up to two days. Official say the fire is contained but they expect it to continue to burn for up to two days.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials say a fire that broke out at a tire recycling plant in Valley Station Monday morning will likely burn for two days, but is not expected to pose any significant health hazard to area residents.

The was reported just after 10 a.m. at Liberty Tire Recycling on Bohannon Drive. Officials now say the fire is contained. 

MetroSafe also says one fire fighter was taken to the hospital, but his minor injury was not due to fire or smoke inhalation.

Jody Duncan with MetroSafe confirmed Monday afternoon that a shelter in place was put into effect for a one square mile radius around the area of the fire. This was primarily for people with respiratory issues. Residents were being instructed to remain in their homes and shut windows and doors, as well as turn off furnaces and fireplace dampers.

It was an inconvenience for several of those who lived in the area.

"I went to go grab some lunch," said Chelsea Meenach, an area resident. "I came back and they have the road blocked off and I can't get home to my son who has to each lunch too."

Richard Luce, a senior driver at Liberty Tire, said he has called other employees and told them not to come in "because everything's closed." He said there was not a lot he could do until the fire is brought under control.

The fire was classified as a Level 1 hazmat situation, which means the current firefighters on scene can handle the situation. Citizens were asked to dial "311" and only "911" in cases of actual emergencies.

A mobile emergency operations center responded to the fire. The National Weather Service and the Red Cross were also on standby.

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness workers were monitoring the air at the scene.

A cause for the fire was yet to be determined.

A combination of water, dirt and foam is being used to battle the fire.

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