Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 10, 2014

Tire fire leads to cleanup of eastern Indiana site

The Associated Press

Modoc — State officials say an eastern Indiana auto salvage yard is being cleaned up after a tire fire first brought it to the attention of regulators.

M&S Enterprises in the Randolph County town of Modoc was cited for open burning of tires after the October 2012 fire, with inspectors also finding open dumping of scrap metal, plastic waste and household waste at the salvage yard.

State environmental agency spokesman Barry Sneed tells The Star Press that the business is making progress on properly disposing of its tires. He says owner William Moore wasn't aware of most environmental rules he was supposed to follow.

Moore says the blaze happened when a welding torch caught leaves on fire. The flames spread to a waste tire pile that burned for a couple hours.