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Fire crews from around the region are battling a massive tire fire at a recycling plant in the village of Minto, in south-central New Brunswick.

Fire Chief Jody Price from nearby Oromocto, N.B., said his department had sent a crew to help battle the blaze that was raging at the TRACC recycling plant located in an industrial park.

Price described it as an “extremely active scene” with 15 different fire departments on site, and calls going out for even more resources.

Firefighters first responded around 2:00 a.m. and eight hours later the inferno was still sending plumes of flame and dense black smoke billowing high into the air.

People’s Alliance leader and Fredericton Grand Lake MLA Kris Austin, who lives near the plant, said the sky was orange and acrid smoke filled the air.

“This is devastating for the community as TRACC is one of the largest employers Minto. Because this is a tire fire, I am also concerned about the environmental and health risks for people who live in Minto,” he said in a news release.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze or any potential environmental impact.

However, the provincial government put out a tweet advising people in the Minto and Chipman areas to stay away from the smoke, turn off any air exchangers, and if possible avoid outdoor activities. Residents were also being urged to follow the advice of their local authorities.

Price said he hadn’t heard of any injuries related to the fire, but was unable to confirm that.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Dec. 21, 2019.

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