LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB)- A massive five alarm fire in Lockport has sparked health concerns in the surrounding area, including at the Erie Canal.
Following the fire at a tire recycling plant, an oily sheen was spotted on the surface of the canal.
According to Lockport Mayor, Anne McCaffrey, debris from the fire was washed into the canal, creating the sheen.
The DEC was on scene Thursday evening and Friday during the day; McCaffrey told News 4 they’ve hired a private contractor to assess the situation.
“Basically they’re concerned that some of the oil and debris from the fire could have gone into the storm sewer and therefore into the canal. They closed the locks so that that oil and debris would not go further down the canal, it was held right here on our portion of the canal,” she said.
The DEC was able to remove 95 percent of the debris and will continue to work until the problem is resolved.
There is not threat to drinking water, as the Lockport area gets its drinking water from the Niagara River.