Hundreds of tires catch fire, 3 people injured at Tarentum salvage yard

Hundreds of tires caught fire at a salvage yard in Tarentum on Sunday morning, firefighters said, and county officials said three people were injured..

The fire was reported around 9 a.m. at Hloznik Auto Salvage on Clarks Pike Road near Route 28. An East Deer Township police officer first saw the smoke and reported it.

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Channel 11’s Lori Houy spotted a large cloud of black smoke coming from the area.

More than a dozen fire companies from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties were dispatched to fight the blaze. Firefighters said about 300 tires were burning.

Houy also confirmed there were power lines down in the salvage yard, but it is unclear how those lines were knocked down.

Allegheny County officials confirmed three people were injured as a result of the fire and were transported to area hospitals. The extent of their injuries was not released of Sunday evening.

"The fire whistle went off and all of a sudden, I heard the firetrucks going down our street," said Lorry Gunter, who lives nearby.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze. Stay with Channel 11 News and WPXI.com for the latest updates.