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Massive fire to tire shop investigated

Fire investigators are looking into what led to a massive fire at a tire shop Sunday morning.

It happened on the 4200 block of Alameda Street in South Central El Paso.

Thick, black smoke was seen across the El Paso skyline, and crews had closed Alameda for hours to clean up debris that was on the road.

The tire shop was closed at the time and surrounding homes were evacuated, and fire investigators said no injuries were reported.

The flames burning through the tires is what caused the smoke to appear especially thick.

“Those types of fires are generally a little more difficult to put out,” said EPFD Deputy Chief Robert Arvizu. “Generally, tires are stacked up and they’re in very confined spaces. So, it can be a little bit more difficult but the crews on scene have done a really good job of containing the fire to its point of origin.”

Fire officials haven’t said what caused the fire.

It took 18 units and 42 firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

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