EPA: Cahokia salvage yard fire could cause short-term health effects

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 12:16 PM

(KMOV.com) – The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating Monday’s massive fire at a salvage yard in Cahokia.

Thick black smoke was visible for miles, even being seen by fans inside Busch Stadium.

That smoke, coming from the fire at Marty’s Salvage Yard, spread across Camp Jackson Road and into a neighborhood. Residents say they are still feeling the effects from the smoke.

Chris Cahnovsky, Regional Manager for the Illinois EPA says it’s not uncommon for fires of that nature to disperse a lot of toxins into the air.

“Tire fire smoke is not a pleasant thing,” he said. “It is irritating to people, it can cause short term health effects for the elderly, children and people with asthma and respiratory problems.”

Cahnovsky says his office has not yet received any complaints about the fire.

Anyone who has a health complaint stemming from the fire can call the EPA at (618) 346-5120. 

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