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Neighbors not receptive to business rebuilding on their block

VERMILION COUNTY -- A Hoopeston tire business which burned to the ground wants to rebuild, but it's not getting any support from its potential new neighbors.
VERMILION COUNTY -- A Hoopeston tire business which burned to the ground wants to rebuild, but it's not getting any support from its potential new neighbors. J & R Used Tire Service went up in flames last year. Now, a Danville neighborhood worries history will repeat itself. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has the latest.

Members of the community met with J & R's owner Thursday night. To say it got heated would be putting it mildly. They don't want this company in their backyard and they made that point loud and clear.

"Are we going to have smoke coming out of there? Tire or rubber smell?"

"You said nobody was hurt in this fire. Do you not consider the firefighters who still have respiratory problems from fighting your fires not being hurt?"

"They didn't clean up their property."

That's Thelma Brooks. She's lived in this home in the Heights area of Danville for 30 years.

"We love this area. It's a good, peaceful street to live on."

But, she's worried that could soon change. J & R Used Tire Service is moving in just a block-and-a-half away. Its owner, Rodney Rogers, is now facing legal troubles after his company went up in flames.

"I know one of everyone's concerns is we had a big fire. No doubt about it."

Rogers acknowledges their concerns, but stands by the fact the fire was an accident and no fault of his. It's something his new neighbors find hard to believe.

"After the fire started, where were you?"

"I was in my car and a meeting with my employees."

"For how many days? I know somebody who works there and you never showed up!"

Rogers says his tire company won't stink or be loud. He says the tires will be moved in and out and won't be stored in the plant which is scheduled to be built here soon. But, after what this crowd has seen, they're skeptical.

"We have no idea what's going to go on down there."

City engineers say the EPA will check the plant every month. If it's ever in violation, it will be shut down.
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