Massive fire sparks evacuations in Lockport

Posted at 8:04 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 08:57:07-04

Evacuations are now underway spanning a 10-block radius as crews battle a massive blaze on Stevens Street in Lockport. Residents are being told to head to the Salvation Army at Cottage and Walnut.

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The fire started at the abandoned paper mill around 7 p.m. Wednesday. It is currently being used as a tire recycling facility.

According to Hamburg's mayor, the Red Cross has 50 cots available at the Salvation Army, and can accommodate 100 people. Anyone needing to evacuate should bring a small bag of personal belongings, and should plan on the evacuation lasting well into Thursday -- possibly later.

At the fire's peak, at least 26 fire companies were assisting Lockport Fire with the five-alarm blaze.

As of late Wednesday night, no injuries have been reported with this blaze.