MONCTON, NB–It took the help of four fire departments to put out a spectacular blaze on the Gorge Road over the weekend.

Thick, black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky for hours after the tire fire began at around 6pm Saturday night.

Moncton Fire Chief Eric Arsenault says there were about 40 heavy equipment tires involved in the fire.  “These tires are not your normal tractor trailer size.  Just one tire itself can be easily six to seven feet all and two feet in width.  That was the cause of the thick, black smoke.”

Arsenault says the smoke can be quite toxic, but there was no need to evacuate.  “We did scout and the smoke kind of followed the ridge of the mountain.  It didn’t actually go towards or into the City of Moncton but kind of followed the ridge until the smoke dissipated.”

In that part of the City there is no availability of fire hydrants, and Arsenault says that’s why it took the assistance of  Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe and Salisbury fire departments.  

“We had to shuttle water using water tankers.”  

Fire crews got the blaze under control by around 8pm, but they remained on scene until around 1am yesterday putting out hot spots.

The fire has been deemed suspicious and is being investigated by District 11 RCMP.