Saturday should have been a day to remember for Bruno Göggel, and indeed it was. But instead of fond memories of celebrating his nuptials with family and friends, the owner of German tyre wholesaler Reifen Göggel watched a large part of his recently-built facility burn to the ground.
On the evening of 13 June 2022, a fire broke out at the tyre factory of Federal Corporation (formerly known as Taifeng Tire) in Zhongli City, Taoyuan, Taiwan. Black smoke from the fire was visible several kilometres away, according to local news reports.
Reporting on its response to the fire that broke out at its plant in Manresa, Spain on Monday, Maxion Wheels shares that the company’s Incident Management Team is on site today to “oversee fire damage restoration.” Depending on circumstances, some production may resume there as soon as next week.
Conflicting reports on the damage to Maxion Wheels’ Manresa plant in Spain are currently circulating. While local news sources suggest that the fire that broke out in the facility on Monday has completely halted production and will affect it for some time, comment from Maxion Wheels challenges the veracity of these reports. The wheel manufacturer intends to issue an official statement on the matter in due course.
Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at the Maxion Wheels light vehicles steel wheel plant in Manresa, Spain. According to local media sources, the fire service received a call to the site at 6:45pm yesterday afternoon. They had brought the fire under control by 8:30pm. While there are no reported injuries, four pieces of plant machinery are apparently affected. The factory building’s roof has also sustained some damage.
Wheel manufacturer Borbet says that production is continuing “without disruption” after a fire at its Solingen site in Germany. Fire services were called out on Tuesday to deal with a thermal reaction in an outside IPC container in which aluminium sludge was stored for disposal.
Kraiburg Austria shares that a technical fault caused a fire within the vulcanisation department of its plant in Geretsberg last night, but damage was minor. The retreading materials specialist says the rapid intervention of staff and the fire service limited damage to the immediate area where the fire broke out. Kraiburg stresses that nobody was injured, nor were neighbours or the environment endangered at any point.
Two people described as a 59-year old man and a 48-year old woman from Harrogate have been arrested in connection with the Bradford tyre fire. The Bradford Telegraph & Argus reports they were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson, and that both have been released on bail following police interviews. Detective Superintendent Sarah Jones of Bradford District Police told the paper that the investigation is “in its early stages,” but assured the local community, which continues to be disrupted by the fire, that “any criminal acts will be appropriately dealt with.” She appealed for those with information about the fire to assist the police with their enquiries. If any of our readers have any information, they can contact Bradford District CID on 101 quoting crime reference 13200575916, or pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The site of the Bradford tyre fire which broke out in the early hours of 16 November causing disruption to the local area was investigated earlier in 2020 by the Environment Agency. Local newspaper the Telegraph & Argos reported on 14 July that a local resident had reported the former Ontrak karting circuit to the EA’s Incident Hotline, and that the agency had subsequently started a probe. Go-kart circuits are permitted to use up to 40 tonnes of waste tyres as crash barriers if they obtain the relevant exemption permit. However, pictures taken by the Telegraph & Argos in July also show high stacks of baled tyres that do not resemble karting safety walls. Tyres & Accessories searched the EA’s Public Registers of Waste Exemptions and Environmental Permits but found no evidence of permits or either the S2 or T8 permits required to legally store waste tyres registered to the former circuit’s address. Meanwhile, the site’s owner, Jak Yakoob of used car dealer The Car Empire, which backs onto the tyre fire site, told the Telegraph & Argos in July that the site’s new tenant had agreed to clear the waste tyres from the site. The EA’s spokesman said its officers were investigating the Spring Mill Street site’s operators and were “seeking to determine if an offence has been committed so that appropriate enforcement action may be taken.”
A tyre fire in the centre of Bradford, West Yorkshire has resulted in the closure of the 11 neighbouring streets, as well as significant travel disrupted on the nearby rail line and the closure of a local school, Bronte Girl’s Academy. While the fire started early on 16 November, as of 9:00am, around 100 firefighters remained at the scene.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) reports that a “single storey warehouse was destroyed” during a blaze at a Kwik Fit outlet in London. Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters from the East Ham, Ilford, Stratford, Plaistow, Leytonstone, Barking and Poplar fire stations were called out on Tuesday evening. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than an hour before bringing it under control, their job made more difficult by gas cylinders that exploded due to the heat.
A fire broke out within the Continental factory in Hannover-Stöcken, Germany yesterday. In a news alert, the city of Hannover shares that the fire began in a rubber powder grinding plant. The incident was attended by 52 firefighters and 19 fire engines, and together with the factory’s own firefighting team they were able to extinguish the fire quickly. No injuries were reported, and according to the news alert, Continental’s safety concept “functioned smoothly” during the incident.
At midnight on 21 September 2017, a fire broke out at the Titan Tire Reclamation Corporation (TTRC) facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Titan International, Inc. reports that no staff members or others were injured.