The Warren County Hazardous Materials Response Team has placed a boom across the Allegheny River at Starbrick as a precautionary measure following a fire at Warren Tire Center.
Emergency officials are also warning boaters to be on the lookout as the device may have to stay in the water over the weekend.
The boom was placed in the river to help catch any pollutants that might get into the water from run-off from the fire. Emergency management director Todd Lake says the fire was close to United Refining’s property, which already had equipment in place to catch pollutants before they get into the river.
Warren Tire Center complex was destroyed by the fire that was reported at just before 1 a.m. The building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion.
A state police fire marshal is investigating.
The fire has caused some traffic disruptions in the city as well.
At least until Friday morning, no traffic will be permitted over the Glade Bridge. Westbound passenger traffic can either use the overpass to get to Crescent Avenue in the city’s south side, or go to the Ludlow Street exit to the city’s west end.
Tractor trailers are being advised to use the Ludlow Street exit.
A paving project on Pennsylvania Avenue between Market Street and Hickory Street — the heart of the downtown business district — is adding to traffic backups and tie-ups.