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Lawsuit filed following fire at Liberty Tire Recycling

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - People who live near Liberty Tire Recycling are firing back after massive flames broke out at the facility earlier this week. The lawsuit claims Liberty Tire was negligent and should compensate those affected by the fire. 

The black smoke could be seen for miles. The tires at the facility in Valley Station burned for more than a day. 

"It was chaotic and the smell was really bad," said Renee Kennedy, who lives near the plant. 

Kennedy says she's concerned about what went into the air. She says she still smells chemicals and noticed the smell several days before the fire broke out. 

A lawsuit didn't cross her mind though - like a nearby property owner and tenant. 

The class action complaint was filed Thursday against Liberty Tire Services of Ohio and Bohannon Properties seeking "monetary damages and injunctive relief." The plaintiffs are listed as Betty Manning and Michael Bickel. 

The lawsuit states the fire "forced Plaintiffs to shelter in place so that they could not leave their homes." It says the fire left behind "black soot, ashes" and allowed "toxic and hazardous substances and fumes to enter the air and water." The suit also says the defendants were negligent. 

State records show Liberty Tire was issued a violation on Oct. 12, 2012 for improperly storing it's tires.  The company was found compliant about three months later but got another, similar violation in June of this year. 

Kennedy says even though she's not part of the lawsuit, she wants to know that her loved ones won't be affected by what happened in the future. 

"I just want to make sure it's cleaned up and it does not happen again and that we have been safe and my children have been safe during this whole thing," she said. 

We're told the "class" includes everyone who lives within a mile of the plant. Those people would be able to opt in or out of a settlement or receive compensation if the plaintiffs win. 

WDRB reached out to Liberty Tire for a statement and did not hear back. 

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