Massive fire breaks out at New Jersey chemical factory

UniqueThis 15 Jan 14

By Victoria Albert

/ CBS News

A 11-alarm fire broke out Friday night at a chemical factory in Passaic, New Jersey, officials said. The three-story building was set ablaze at approximately 8:30 p.m. after two nearby buildings caught fire, CBS New York reported. 

A fire official interviewed by Passaic Mayor Hector Carlos Lora, who is live-streaming from the scene of the blaze, said approximately 200 firefighters from 11 companies have responded to the scene. Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost Sr. said the fire has not yet reached the main part of the chlorine plant, but noted that the fire is "definitely not under control." Lora said a portion of the facility that holds chlorine pellets has been impacted, but Trentacost said there is not reason for concern at the moment about the contact with chlorine. 

Lora said major evacuations would likely be necessary if the fire reached the main part of the plant, and said officials are "constantly monitoring" the fire's location. He commended the "heroic" response from fire officials who have so far prevented the fire from reaching the main area of the plant.

Posted by Hector Carlos Lora on Friday, January 14, 2022

Trentacost said there was "heavy, heavy smoke" and flames in the roof and upper floors of the building. It's not yet clear what caused the fire. 

One firefighter has been hospitalized with an unspecified injury, but no additional injuries have been reported, Lora said. 

Lora warned nearby residents to keep their windows closed and avoid the area on Facebook Live, calling it an "extremely serious" fire. The New York City emergency management system warned residents that they might see or smell smoke from the fire.  

One resident told CBS New York that she fled the area to avoid any potential fumes. "We don't know if the fumes are going to come over and if it's going to have any long-term side effects for, like, lungs or anything. So it's really scary," she said.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also urged the community to "stay safe" while first responders battled the blaze. "If you live nearby, keep your windows closed," he said. "Praying for the safety of our first responders on the scene." 

First published on January 14, 2022 / 10:21 PM

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