- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s governor says three state agencies are helping local officials investigate and control damage from a massive fire at a tire recycling plant.

Hundreds of people were forced from their homes Thursday as black smoke billowed from an overnight blaze at High Tread International in Lockport. No injuries were reported. No homes were damaged.

More than 200 firefighters battled the blaze. Crews drew water from the Erie Canal, and tanker trucks hauled in water from neighboring Orleans County. Niagara County Emergency Services was extinguished lingering hot spots Thursday afternoon.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) says the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Canal Corporation are assisting.

The state is helping determine the origin and cause of the fire and control any environmental damage.


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