Truck stop tire center on fire, closes MO-43 highway

Ozarko Tire Warehouse is behind Pilot Travel Plaza at MO-43 and I-44
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JOPLIN, Mo. — Shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday reports of heavy smoke coming from the Ozarko Tire Warehouse behind Pilot Travel Plaza on Mo-43 alerted Joplin E911.

Joplin Fire, Joplin Police and METS ambulance responded. Redings Mill requested as mutual aid and then later Carl Junction and Duenweg requested.

MoDOT Emergency Response has closed MO-43 at Cedar Road as hoses cross the state highway for hydrants on the east side near 4-State Trucks.

Ozarko Tire Warehouse, 4350 State Highway 43, is part of a string of tire centers across the region.

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Screenshot of Ozarko Tire Locations.

A worker tells us there are possibly 1,000 new tires inside this warehouse. He says they unloaded 400 into the building today.

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