- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a body has been found amid debris from a blaze at a western New York tire recycling plant, where thick smoke forced hundreds of neighbors to leave their homes.

Lockport police say the body was found around 7 p.m. Friday at the scene of the fire at High Tread International. The person hasn’t been identified.

Officials had said they were looking into whether anyone was inside the facility when the fire started Wednesday.

More than 200 firefighters battled the blaze before getting it under control Thursday.

The fire forced the evacuation of about 200 nearby homes as acrid smoke wafted across the area, about 30 miles northeast of Buffalo.

Some residents were allowed to return to their homes Friday.

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