Firefighters battle huge tyre fire outside Berlin

2nd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

2 May 2005, BERLIN - Flames were shooting 50 to 100 metres into the night sky early on Sunday at a recycling centre on the south-eastern edge of Berlin after a large quantity of old tyres caught fire.

2 May 2005

BERLIN - Flames were shooting 50 to 100 metres into the night sky early on Sunday at a recycling centre on the south-eastern edge of Berlin after a large quantity of old tyres caught fire.

About 200 firefighters were on the scene at the Berliner Runderneuerungswerke GmbH in the city's Schmoeckwitz district, a fire department spokesman said shortly after midnight. He described it as a very large fire.

There was no apparent danger to people beyond the compound, though the entire recycling facility and an adjoining wooded area were threatened.

Dry conditions for several weeks have created a risk of wildfires in eastern Germany.

"Tyres are very hard to extinguish and burn easily," the spokesman said.

Burning tyres emit thick, pungent black smoke that contain toxic gases, and fire officials alerted environmental protection authorities. A fire truck equipped with air monitoring equipment was on the scene.

The tyre plant is located in what was described as a sparsely populated area. The facility had a fire in August, when firefighters were able to halt the spread before the entire stock of old tyres was engulfed.

DPA

Subject: German news

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