Officials urge residents to close windows as crews battle big fires at a chemical facility
Hundreds of firefighters were battling a major blaze at a chemical facility in Passaic late Friday night as the smoke spread across the region and prompted officials to shut doors.
The mayor of Passaic said the fire in the Majestic Industries area of the complex sounded very much, but it also spread to Qualco, a company that manufactures pool and spa products, including chlorine pellets, according to the mayor.
Lora said one firefighter suffered minor injuries shortly before midnight. No serious injuries had been reported.
About 200 firefighters in Passaic Street, Bergen, Essex, and Passaic counties responded to the 11-alarm fire.
We are under no circumstances, but we are doing everything we can to help people outright protect our bodies," Trentacost said shortly before 11 p.m.
We are constantly monitoring. We are have companies in the chemical factory and we are very closely monitoring where this fire is going, said the chief.
According to the chief, firefighters were also requested assistance from the local water company and fire boats to take water to the scene.
Lora says this is probably one of the worst fires I have seen in a long time.
Lora, who is a junior safety director at Passaic, praised firefighters for letting the immense fire out. But she said the fire was not yet under control.
It is an extremely tough and challenging fire, said the mayor. It isnt anywhere near under control.
There are presently multiple buildings involved. It is at a chemical plant, he said before from the scene.
Officials in the region and as far as New York City alerted residents about seeing and smelling smoke from the fire. The mayor said he spoke with Gov. Phil Murphy and state officials were assisting.
As of today, the fire has not impacted directly the chemicals, Lora said.
Lora later said in a video on Facebook that he was at City Hall preparing for possible evacuations.
Residents are encouraged to stay inside until the fire is under control, according to East Rutherford police.
As the fire continued to burn around 10:30 p.m., Gov. Phil Murphy has also asked locals to keep their windows closed.
firefighters in Passaic are urged to stay safe as they battle a large eight-alarm fire off Route 21. Keep your windows closed, praying for the safety of our first responders on the scene
According to the website, Route 21 South was closed as of shortly before 9 p.m.
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Jackie Roman, a staff reporter, has contributed to the report.
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