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Hoopeston tire fire may continue for days

At 5:20 a.m. on June 19, a fire broke out at J&R Used Tire Service Inc., and is likely to last for several days at least, according to Hoopeston Police Chief Mark Drollinger.

The fire, which Hoopeston Fire Chief Cliff Crabtree believes was started by a spark from an engine igniting rubber dust, is in a residential area of Hoopeston and could be seen as far as twenty miles away. It is said to be the largest fire in the area to date.

Many police and fire departments from surrounding areas have come to help fight the fire, including the Danville Fire Department’s hazardous materials division, which was on site to keep an eye on the air quality. Although a voluntary evacuation order has been issued to the community, most people are gathering in support, providing water, food, and other supplies to the fire departments and other teams battling the fire.

The Red Cross has opened shelters for people who have been forced out of their homes due to the fire, in addition to putting up tents for the firefighters at the scene of the fire.