Brooks Auto and Tires, 2767 E. Main St., has been under fire for fire code violations but now neighbors also worry the piles of tires still stacked outside the closed shop could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.

Springfield tire shop fire risk, mosquito concern for safety officials

A Springfield tire shop, long the concern of fire officials as a fire risk, is now a concern to neighbors who fear it will turn into a mosquito breeding ground.

Brook’s Auto and Tire, 2767 E. Main St., is owned by Cody Lloyd, 25, of Springfield. He faces two misdemeanor charges of keeping dangerous or hazardous conditions, according to in the Clark County Municipal Court records.

Neighbors reached out concerned about the piles of tires on the lot becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes as the weather warms up.

The Clark County Combined Health District has a protocol it follows after a complaint about a potential mosquito breeding ground is received, said Larry Shaffer, director of environmental health services.

Staff members will go to check the lot for larvae, he said, and if the bugs are found, will try to notify the owner to clean it up.

But if the owner can’t be reached, the health department will move in to abate the issue, Shaffer said.

Piles of tires at Lloyd’s shop have been breaking laws for more than a year, firefighters said.

The tires are against regulations set by the state of Ohio, said Brian Miller, assistant fire chief and fire marshal with the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division.

The code covers things such as how large a pile can be and how much separation must be in between tire piles.

Fire officials have warned Lloyd about the dangers his piles pose since the fall of 2014, according to court records.

The case continues in court, according to court records.

If a tire fire were to spark in the city, Springfield crews probably couldn’t handle the blaze, Miller said.

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