Thick, black smoke caused by tire fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Thick, black smoke caused by tire fire

The smoke could be seen for miles. (Source: TDOT) The smoke could be seen for miles. (Source: TDOT)
The source of the smoke was a pile of burning tires. (Source: Chopper 5) The source of the smoke was a pile of burning tires. (Source: Chopper 5)

(WMC-TV) - Thick, black smoke rising from a wooded area near I-40 and Covington Pike late Monday afternoon was caused by a tire fire.

Video from TDOT cameras showed how much smoke quickly rose from the wooded area. Fire crews had to park along the interstate in order to reach the inferno from where the smoke rose.

Chopper 5 revealed it was a huge pile of tires, possibly dumped illegally, in an area usually hidden from view. A dirt drive protected by a make-shift gate led to where the tires were dumped.

Residents who live nearby say the area is known as "dump road." Bruce Baugh said he and his buddies ride their bikes along "dump road" and a number trails that lead even farther into the woods.

"There's a lot of people who take tires back there and dump them," he said.

A gate that leads to the property has a "no trespassing" sign posted on it.

Memphis fire investigators are looking into how the fire started.

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