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Crews battle a huge fire at a chemical facility, and officials have urged residents to close windows

Crews battle a huge fire at a chemical facility, and officials have urged residents to close windows

According to Mayor Hector Lora, firefighters were battling a major blaze at a chemical plant in Passaic, near Route 21.

The mayor, who was at the scene near Passaic Street and Columbia Avenue, asked residents to keep their windows closed and avoid the area. The fire has not reached an area of the facility where chemicals are stored.

Lora said the fire continues to rage shortly after 9 p.m. It is a extremely difficult and challenging fire.

There are currently multiple buildings involved. It is at a chemical facility, the mayor said.

Fire crews from a number of villages were called to help, according to Lora.

As of now, the fire has not impacted directly the chemicals, Lora said. The building housed chlorine, according to he.

According to an emergency notification, multiple videos on social media showed a building engulfed in flames. Lora later told Facebook that he was at City Hall preparing for possible evacuations.

Gov. Phil Murphy has also asked residents in the vicinity to keep their windows closed as the fire continued to burn around 10:30 p.m.

We encourage everyone in Passaic to remain safe as firefighters battle a large eight-alarm fire off Route 21.

According to the website, Route 21 South was closed shortly before 9 p.m.

Last year, Passaic and surrounding firefighters fought an 11-alarm explosion at a recycling facility in the city.

In Passaic, firefighters battled a massive fire January 14, 2022.Mark Larson

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