PILOT MOUNTAIN — A fire, which started around 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the New River Tire Recycling plant in Pilot Mountain, was still burning late Tuesday morning. Four local fire departments responded to the call and worked through the night to contain the fire.
The site, located on 52 Bypass, has been a concern for some in the community since it opened nearly two years ago. One of the primary uses of recycled tires is tire-derived fuel (TDF), as tires are highly flammable petroleum based products, making the facility a high risk for fires. Ben Bryant, owner of New River, shared in an interview last spring, “we generate two to three 25-ton loads of TDF each day.”
In the Board of Commissioners meeting held on Monday night, Commissioner Needham raised concerns about the New River Tire property. Interim Town Manager Michael Boaz indicated that he had been in contact with the business and said, “I will talk to the building inspector and our code enforcement folks, and ask them to be as aggressive as possible.”
The smoke and water run-off from the fire are also concerns, as potential contaminants for the surrounding area.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.