Coral Springs- On Saturday April 16th, 2011 at 4:43 p.m., Coral Springs firefighters were called to the scene of a tire fire located at 15400 Loxahatchee Road in Parkland. When the first arriving crews approached the scene, they quickly determined that this was a fire of much larger magnitude than reported.
Firefighters found that more than one pile of mulch, wood scraps, and large tree stumps were burning in the middle of a large recycling yard. Firefighters were immediately faced with the issue of a lack of water. Municipal fire hydrants were not closely available and crews had to find another source of water. A nearby lake was used to siphon water out of, then that water was shuttled via fire truck pumps to the fire scene.
Thousands of feet of fire hose has to be stretched between the lake, fire trucks, and the piles of burning materials. It took over 5,000,000 gallons of water, 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and almost 100 firefighters from eight different fire departments to extinguish the fire. It took almost 28 hours to put out the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.