A large chemical fire erupted throughout the night in northern New Jersey. The smoke was so thick that it was detected by weather radar and could be smelled and seen in neighbouring New York City.
Officials stated that the fires at Majestic Industries’ and Qualco’s chemical plant in Passaic spread and threatened multiple buildings. The environment was made hazardous by the freezing water from firefighterhoses, which made it slippery and hazardous for responders in cold weather.
Officials told NorthJersey.com that the fire occurred in buildings housing plastics, chlorine and pallets.
There have been some terrible fires, but I think this is the worst,” Passaic Mayor Hector Lora said.
Residents living near the fire were advised to shut their windows, but were not required or permitted to evacuate.
Officials stated that one firefighter was transported to hospital after being struck by debris. Officials said that he was doing well, although other firefighters fell due to the slippery conditions.
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