Fire at Saskatoon tire recycling plant under control, crews still on-site

Firefighters are on the scene of a large fire at a tire recycling plant north of Saskatoon.

Large plumes of smoke and flames can be seen from Highway 12 in North Corman Industrial Park and the smell of burned rubber is heavy in the air. 

The source is the Shercom Industries tire recycling plant fire.

Police tell CBC News the fire reported was first by employees who came in before 7 a.m CST.

The Shercom Industries plant north of Saskatoon was the site of a long fire back in 2016. (Submitted by Ryan Goeres)

The employees told police the fire was too big to handle on their own so they called in the fire department. 

The fire got into the electrical system and blew all the building’s breakers. 

Police said they don’t know what part of the building it started in or what caused it. 

The plant was the scene of a large tire fire that burned for days in 2016.

Smoke is thick, making things difficult to see at a fire at a tire recycling plant north of Saskatoon. (David Shield/CBC)

During that blaze, firefighters said the shredded rubber at the plant made the fire harder to battle. 

Shercom Industries CEO Marlin Stangeland said an employee noticed the fire in a bunker containing shredded materials when they showed up to work Friday morning. He said they don’t know how the fire started yet. 

Stangeland said this fire is much smaller than the 2016 fire. 

“We’re working with the fire department, we have a backhoe that will spread it out and make sure any embers [are] completely out,” he said. “It does take some time but it will be well taken care of.”

A news release issued by the Saskatoon Fire Department said there had been no injuries to employees or fire personnel reported.

Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Rodgers said the fact that tires burned makes the situation challenging for fire crews and some work still needs to be done at the scene.

“We still have probably a couple more hours of work here just to ensure that the fire is completely out,” Rodgers said.