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This is probably one of the worst fires ever: Philadelphia Fire Department



This is probably one of the worst fires ever Philadelphia Fire Department

This is probably one of the worst fires ever: Philadelphia Fire Department

The Philadelphia Housing Authority owned the property, according to the Fire Department, which stated that 26 individuals were in the building at the time of the fire.

Officials said a fire in a Philadelphia rowhouse on Wednesday morning killed 13, including seven children. It was one of the deadliest house fires in Philadelphia recent history.

During a press conference, Mayor Jim Kenney remarked, “This is without a doubt one of the most tragic days of our city’s history, the loss of so many people in such a tragic way. Losing so many kids is just devastating.”

A “heavy fire” broke out on the second floor of a rowhouse in Philadelphia’s Fairmount area at 6:40 a.m., according to the city’s fire department. According to the department, the blaze was put out in just over an hour.

A toddler was among the two transferred to nearby hospitals by Philadelphia Fire Department first deputy commissioner Craig Murphy after eight individuals fled the building.

“This is probably one of the worst fires I’ve ever been to,” he remarked, in his 35 years on the planet. To make sure that this terrible loss of life wasn’t in vain, we have big plans.

According to Mr. Murphy, the death toll is “dynamic because there is still an ongoing recovery effort inside. There were four smoke detectors in the building that were not working at the time of the fire”.

He stated there were 26 individuals in the building, including eight people on the first level.

Murphy said, “That is a tremendous amount of people to be living in a duplex,” 

According to city officials, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, which receives federal funding, was in charge of the facility.

Officer Eric McLaurin, a spokesperson for the police department, said officers and firemen were dispatched to the 800 block of North 23rd Street at 6:38 a.m.

According to him, the blaze quickly spread to a property that had been divided into two apartments.

Television footage from nearby stations revealed extensive damage to the building’s roof after the fire appeared to be contained. There were soot rings around the windows of one rowhouse that had been broken out.

As of late Wednesday morning, a number of fire engines were still stationed nearby, their ladders extended alongside the structure.

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Gigantic fire erupted at a chemical plant in New Jersey



Gigantic fire erupted at a chemical plant in New Jersey

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.”

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Residents evacuated from New Jersey as 6-alarm fire erupts At Chemical Plant



Gigantic fire erupted at a chemical plant in New Jersey

Residents evacuated from New Jersey as 6-alarm fire erupts At Chemical Plant

A six-alarm blaze broke out at a chemical facility in Passaic, New Jersey, on Friday night, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents.

Passaic Mayor Hector Lora told that the Qualco chemical factory fire had spread to other buildings and that the whole site was anticipated to be destroyed. Majestic Industries, which is only a few hundred yards away, was also on fire.

Workers and people in the area were worried about exposure to harmful vapours.

There had not yet been any explosions in the chemical storage area, but Lora reported hearing them, which indicated the fire was getting close.

“There have been bad fires, but this is the worst that I’ve ever seen,”  he added..

Residents in the immediate vicinity of the conflagration were ordered to leave their homes. Some other people were told to keep their windows closed, as well.

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Passaic, NJ: Resident Evacuated As an 11-alarm Chemical Fire Rages Downtown



Passaic, NJ Resident Evacuated As an 11-alarm Chemical Fire Rages Downtown

Passaic, NJ: Resident Evacuated As an 11-alarm Chemical Fire Rages Downtown

On a chilly Friday night, an 11-alarm chemical fire brought multiple mutual assistance units to the city.

Mayor Hector Lora said the fire is mostly in the Majestic Industries area, but it has extended to the Qualco chemical factory at 225 Passaic St.

Lora said the fire had spread to many buildings and they feared to lose everything. The fire had not yet reached the chemical storage facility, but occasional popping and minor explosions showed it was getting close.

“There have been bad fires but this is the worst that I’ve ever seen,” he added.

Residents near the flames were asked to shut their windows. Route 21 in both directions was closed from First Street to Main Avenue.

As the fire department and emergency personnel examine the scope of the damage, Lora asks people to keep windows closed. “We ask that everyone stay as far away as possible. A chemical fire. You will see the color in the sky..”

On Twitter, Gov. Phil Murphy encouraged “everyone in Passaic to stay safe as firefighters battle a large eight-alarm fire at a chemical plant off of Route 21.”

“If you live nearby, keep your windows closed,” Murphy said. “Praying for the safety of our first responders on the scene.”

Approximately 200 firemen from Essex, Bergen, and Passaic counties attended.

“We are doing everything we can to contain it,” he added.

Trentacost said his department had contacted Passaic Valley Water to ensure appropriate water pressure and that other agencies’ fire boats were their route.

Lora said one fireman was injured and brought to hospital.

Fourth Street was mostly deserted by 10:30 p.m., indicating that residents had taken heed.

After the wind turned at 10 p.m., the overpowering fragrance of smoke and chemicals, notably chlorine, made people’s eyes wet. Large flames and water sprays also cross the river.

Lora said it was being evaluated but to keep away because there was a chemical fire.

“There are a lot of firefighters, a lot of police officers that are coming out in order to ensure that individuals are evacuated from the immediate area,” Lora said. “Because this is a chemical fire we are extremely concerned for the health and safety of those in the area.”

Lora said there had been no reports of fatalities “as of right now,” but was concerned about police, fire, and rescue services.

Firefighters are tackling a hot blaze. The city is now at 25 degrees, but the National Weather Service predicts subzero wind chills overnight with 15 to 20 mph winds.

It will be between -10 and -5 degrees overnight and Saturday early.

Lora anticipates locals to be evacuated and is trying to put up a municipal shelter for the affected. Residents of nearby Wallington were advised to stay indoors with windows locked and watch for huge embers crossing the river. According to the borough’s website, “shifting winds may cause smoke from the working fire at a chemical factory in Passaic to pass over areas of the borough”

The incident was at Qualco, which makes and distributes chemicals for pools and spas. They’ve been in town for almost 30 years.

Despite the cold, January fires have recently scorched North Jersey. Last January, a major fire devastated Atlantic Coast Fibers recycling factory. When a fire devoured an entire city block and smoked the city skyline, firefighters endured the bitter weather overnight and into the next day. At least two explosions occurred.

On Jan. 30, 2019, a 10-alarm fire destroyed the historic Marcal Paper Mill in adjacent Elmwood Park. By night, 30 of the 36 structures on site had been damaged or destroyed. The Marcal sign that adorned the Elmwood Park section of Route 80 for decades was also demolished.

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