Fire Burns Tires at Oklahoma Warehouse

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thick, black smoke poured skyward as a fire fueled by thousands of tires burned a warehouse on the south side here Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

A firefighter sustained a minor injury while trying to help contain the four-alarm blaze at B&H Tire Warehouse, Maj. Brian Stanaland, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said.

Firefighters were called to the 10,000 square foot building west of Interstate 35 about 4 p.m. Stanaland said. There were more than 10,000 tires and four buses inside, he said.

''It still continues to burn,'' Stanaland said. ''They're making a lot of headway on it, but with tires like that, it's going to burn.''

The injured firefighter got some minor cuts on his finger and was taken to a hospital, Stanaland said. He returned to work Thursday evening, Stanaland said.

Thursday was a long day for Oklahoma City firefighters.

They were called about 5:30 a.m. to a southeast-side residence, where they found the body of a woman inside.

Stanaland said firefighters were called out to a two-alarm blaze less than four hours later.