Vernon firefighters tackle a large pile of burning tires behind Kal Tire Place Thursday at about 7:30 p.m.

Vernon firefighters tackle a large pile of burning tires behind Kal Tire Place Thursday at about 7:30 p.m.

Tire fire lights up the night sky

Vernon firefighters respond to a blaze behind Kal Tire Place

Vernon firefighters were faced with a stubborn fire Thursday.

Crews tackled a burning pile of tires behind Kal Tire Place at about 7:30 p.m.

“It takes effort to put them out,” said Lawrie Skolrood, deputy fire chief, of the chemical consistency of tires.

“They give off terrible smoke.”

The tires, which had been used for go-kart races, were stored on the west side of the parking lot.

While a cause has not been determined, it’s believed the fire is suspicious.

“They take a bit to get started. It’s not just a case of putting a lighter up against a tire,” said Skolrood.

It’s not known if Thursday’s tire fire is related to a string of suspicious fires earlier this year.

“It’s really tough to string them together when there is quite a bit of time in between the incidents,” said Skolrood.

The Thursday fire is being investigated by the Vernon Fire Department and the RCMP.