Tire fire blackens blue sky

Black smoke billows from a fire at Kingman Auto Recycling Wednesday afternoon. Photo: JC AMBERLYN/Miner

Black smoke billows from a fire at Kingman Auto Recycling Wednesday afternoon. Photo: JC AMBERLYN/Miner

KINGMAN - Dense black smoke billowed into clear blue skies Wednesday following the outbreak of a fire at Kingman Auto Recycling in the 3800 block of East Andy Devine Avenue.

Kingman Fire Department units responded to the call about 4:20 p.m., Battalion Chief Bill Johnston said.

First responders found a large fire in the back area of the property involving old vehicles, tires and combustible items.

"Additional units and off-duty personnel were requested due to the size of the fire," Johnston said.

A total of 39 firefighters battled the blaze, including 32 from KFD, two from Hualapai Valley Fire Department and four from Golden Valley Fire Department.

"It was determined no hazardous materials were involved, so no evacuations were necessary," Johnston said. "We monitored the air situation, and Mohave County Emergency Services personnel came to the scene to assist."

Emergency Services and the Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at La Senita Elementary School on Gordon Drive in case the situation deteriorated and people needed any treatment for smoke inhalation or eye irritation, he said. There were no injuries reported.

Personnel from Kingman Public Works ensured there was adequate water pressure to fire hydrants near the scene. Officers from the Kingman Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Mohave County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic control in the area.

"It was a complex fire and we still have two units on scene this morning to guard against any flare-up as the fire is smoldering," Johnston said.

"Heavy equipment had to come in and move debris so we could get at the heart of the fire, but we had it contained pretty quickly through application of water and foam. Extra foam was brought in by units from Golden Valley and Kingman Airport Fire."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.