Hundreds affected in enormous Lockport blaze

Posted at 6:41 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 19:41:29-04

The fire at the High Tread International (HTI) tire recycling plant in Lockport is now under control, but the massive blaze affected hundreds of people.

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  • Over 200 firefighters respond from dozens of fire departments to help
  • Hundreds of residents evacuated from nine street area around the fire scene

A nine street area around the fire scene was under an evacuation order, with shelters available at the Lockport Salvation Army and North Park Middle School.

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For evacuated residents, apprehension remains as they don't know what to expect when they can finally return to their homes.

At the height of the fire, over 200 firefighters from dozens of fire departments came to assist the Lockport Fire Department.

Adding to the struggles were hot weather and high humidity, which resulted in several firefighters being treated for heat exhaustion.

However, the fire also sparked a huge outpouring of community support as people brought large amounts of food and water to help the fire crews.

The marquee at the Lockport Palace theater was changed to put up a sign thanking police and fire for all their efforts.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly spent the day looking at the people side of the story.