Gigantic fire erupted at a chemical plant in New Jersey
An 11-alarm fire broke out Friday night in Passaic, New Jersey. The three-story structure started fire at 8:30 p.m., according to CBS New York.
According to a fire officer questioned by Passaic Mayor Hector Carlos Lora, roughly 200 firemen from 11 companies had arrived to the location. The fire has not yet reached the main component of the chlorine facility, according to Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost Sr.
Lora said large evacuations may be required if the fire reaches the plant’s core, and officials are “constantly monitoring” its progress. He praised the “heroic” efforts of firefighters who have so far kept the fire from reaching the plant’s core.
Trentacost claimed “heavy, heavy smoke” and flames were in the roof and higher stories. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Lora said one fireman was hospitalised with an unknown ailment, but no further injuries were recorded.
Lora alerted local neighbours to stay away from the “extremely serious” fire on Facebook Live. Residents of New York City were advised they could see or smell smoke from the incident.
One New Yorker said she left the neighbourhood to escape any smells. “We don’t know if the fumes will return or if there will be any long-term repercussions on the lungs. So it’s terrifying “stated.
Governor Phil Murphy encouraged residents to “stay safe” as firefighters fought the wildfire. “If you live nearby, keep your windows closed,” he said. “Praying for the safety of our first responders on the scene.”