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Massive fire at New Jersey chemical plant involved about 200 firefighters and forced evacuation of residence areas

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A massive fire broke out at a New Jersey chemical plant causing the urgent evacuation of downtown Passaic.

The fire started at the Majestic Industries portion of the industrial complex and was assigned 11-alarm involving about 200 firefighters to battle the fast spreading blaze.

According to NJ.com., the chemical plant has chlorine pellets for pools, and chemicals including chlorine stored in it.

Massive fire at New Jersey chemical plant involved about 200 firefighters and forced evacuation of residence areas

The fire erupted at about 8 p.m. bear the Qualco warehouse next to Route 21. And soon consumed several buildings.

The New Yorkers were warned they might smell or see smoke and were told to their windows shut. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy urged people living near the scene to stay indoors.

“We need you to stay away from the area,” City of Passaic Mayor Hector Lora warned Passaic residents.

Massive fire at New Jersey chemical plant involved about 200 firefighters and forced evacuation of residence areas

“Our firefighters are hitting the fire at every angle,” said City of Passaic Mayor Hector Lora in a Facebook broadcast. “We’re receiving firefighters from all over.”

“Our firefighters are doing everything possible to maintain and contain this fire. It is an extremely difficult fire that continues to rage over this city,” Lora said.

 “We won’t be able to fully inspect [the scene] until fire is completely put out,” Lora wrote on his Facebook account. “It may take some time to establish cause. Main issue with chlorine fire is wind.”

The blaze reached 11 alarms by midnight Saturday. Shortly after the officials began to evacuate nearby residence areas, according to FOX 5 of New York City.

"By no means are we under control," Passaic fire Chief Patrick Trentacost told NJ.com shortly before 11 p.m. ET, "but we are doing everything we can to contain it." He added that firefighters were aware of chemicals at the site and were "watching very closely where this fire is going."

The buildings where the fire started was reportedly vacant and was used to store plastics and chemicals. It began to collapse by itself shortly before the midnight.

No injuries were reported as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

Author: Usa Really