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Two buildings destroyed by fire at Sask. tire recycling plant

The fire was being fuelled by shredded rubber and chemicals that are used in the tire recycling process



SASKATOON—Crews from three fire departments continue to battle flames that are roaring through a rubber tire recycling business near Saskatoon.

The Saskatoon Fire Department says two buildings in the three-building Shercom Industries complex have been destroyed as firefighters try to save the third building.

Thick smoke has been billowing from the site for more than 18 hours, but has been blowing away from the city and nearby Martensville.

Dave Bykowy, a fire department spokesman, says the air is being monitored for toxic fumes and crews battling the fire are wearing oxygen breathing equipment to protect themselves.

The fire is being fuelled by shredded rubber and chemicals that are used in the recycling process.

About 80 people work at the facility and no injuries have been reported.

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