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February 12, 1990: Tire fire in Hagersville, Ontario

Staff writers
February 12, 2013 — On February 12, 1990, Canada's largest-ever tire fire began.

A used tire storage dump in Hagersville, Ontario caught fire and burned for seventeen days.

Government-owned water bombers were brought in to help out, but they were grounded for three days due to poor weather conditions. By the time the flames had been extinguished, 14 million tires had burned.

It took weeks to clean up the oil and sludge produced by the melting tires, combined with the water used to fight the fire.

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