HAWKINS, Texas (May 28, 2009)—Local firefighters have extinguished a blaze at the site of Foster & Sons Scrap Tire Service in Hawkins.
The fire was discovered shortly after midnight May 26 and was out by the afternoon of May 27.
Some 150,000-200,000 of the approximately 500,000 tires at the site were affected by the fire, according to a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
In 2007, the TCEQ filed a petition against Foster & Sons owners Robert Foster, Charles Porter and Teresa Porter for alleged illegal storage of scrap tires.
In December 2008, the Travis County, Texas, district court ordered Foster and the Porters to start removing tires from the site and pay more than $360,000 in civil penalties and attorneys' fees.
The defendants did not appear at the hearing, according to a court document. On May 20 the TCEQ referred the case to the Office of the Attorney General to conduct post-judgment discovery and seek contempt of court charges, the TCEQ said.