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Torch explosion causes tire fire


KALONA (KWWL) -- A building full of oil and tires made a very difficult fire to fight in Washington County.

Firefighters from at least four communities responded to a fire at Kalona Tire, 717 F Avenue in Kalona.

Crews from Kalona, Wellman, Riverside and Coralville were called to help fight the fire. 

Kalona Tire workers were using a torch at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when an explosion occurred. The fire spread from there.

Pictures from Kalona News show the thick, black smoke caused by the inventory of tires and trucks.

Kalona Fire says the building is a total loss, and that the abundance of oil made it especially difficult to fight.

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