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Louisville Company Was Cited Repeatedly for Improper Tire Storage Before Monday's Fire

The tire company off Dixie Highway where a fire raged Monday hasn’t been in compliance with Kentucky’s tire storage laws since June 6. And in an unfortunate coincidence, state inspectors arrived at the site this morning for a follow-up inspection just as the fire started.

Liberty Tire on Bohannon Avenue is a branch of Liberty Tire of Ohio, based in Pittsburgh. The fire this morning prompted a shelter-in-place for residents within a mile of the recycling facility.

Liberty Tire was cited in October 2012 for improper tire storage, according to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. The company made changes and was deemed in compliance in January 2013.

But this June, inspectors found similar problems and issued another violation. Follow-up inspections in August and September found the company hadn’t fixed the issue. The company requested until Oct. 15 to comply with the law. They got that extension, but the fire broke out this morning before inspectors could conduct a follow-up inspection.

“At present, Liberty Tire has not established compliance as required by the June 6, 2014 (notice of violation)," EEC spokesman Dick Brown wrote. "Specifically, Liberty Tire is not in compliance with its registration or the statutory requirements related to the proper storage of waste tires.”

Erica Peterson is WFPL's Director of News and Programming.