CASA GRANDE — A tire and truck fire Monday afternoon sent a cloud of black smoke billowing over downtown Casa Grande and the surrounding area.

The Casa Grande Fire Department learned of the blaze at Hartfield’s Tires, 875 E. Jimmie Kerr Blvd., around 2:45 p.m. Monday.

At 4 p.m. firefighters were still on the scene fighting the fire. According to the Casa Grande Fire Department only tires and a nearby truck were on fire, not the structure.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Dark black smoke rising into the sky could be seen from miles away Monday afternoon.

“Even in Stanfield you can see the fire,” one commenter noted on the popular Facebook site CG Chat.

Some onlookers posted video of the fire on social media sites and one commenter noted that tire fires emit toxic fumes.

Traffic on Jimmie Kerr Boulevard and on the nearby railroad tracks was closed Monday afternoon due to the fire.

The Hartfield tire business has long been a landmark on Jimmie Kerr Boulevard. The shop was opened in 1968 by Pastor Willie Hartfield, the father of current owner James Hartfield, when Jimmie Kerr Boulevard was part of the bustling Arizona 84 highway.

The cause of the blaze is not known at this time. More information will be published when it becomes available.


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