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Dozens of firefighters work to put out large fire in north Omaha


OMAHA, Nebraska — Officials say it will take hours to extinguish a fire in north Omaha that involves tires burning.

Battalion Chief Tim McCaw tells Omaha television station KETV ( ) that the overlapping tires have created an obstacle for fire crews. He added that rubber burning is not good to inhale because of toxic smoke.

More than 40 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was reported Wednesday afternoon. The Omaha Public Power District says the fire forced officials to switch power away from a nearby transmission line.

Additional information about the fire has not been released. There are no reports of injuries.

Smoke over a portion of north Omaha was reported from miles away.

Information from: KETV-TV,

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