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Large tire fire burns in Fleming County

Authorities in Fleming County were investigating a large fire in a tire dump that was still smoldering Tuesday morning.

The fire, which began about 8:30 p.m. Monday, burned 1,500 to 2,000 tires in a dump on Tom Ishmael Road, said Dwayne Price, Fleming County's emergency management director.

No evacuations of nearby homes were needed, and it did not appear that the groundwater would be polluted by runoff, he said.

Kentucky State Police and state fire marshals are investigating, he said.

Earlier Monday, state environmental officials were investigating the dump because of too many tires, Price said.