Fire near New Jersey chemical plant spreads thick smoke

Officials say a big chemical hearth is burning in northern New Jersey with smoke so heavy it was detected on climate radar and smelled in close by New York City

PASSAIC, N.J. — A big chemical hearth burned by means of the night time and into Saturday morning in northern New Jersey, its smoke so heavy that it was detected on climate radar and seen and smelled in neighboring New York City.

The hearth at Majestic Industries and the Qualco chemical plant in Passaic unfold to a number of buildings and threatened their collapse, officers mentioned.

“There have been dangerous fires, however that is the worst that I’ve ever seen,” Passaic Mayor Hector Lora advised

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Security guard Justin Johnson advised WCBS-TV he was working alone, checking water strain, when he seen smoke coming from a smokestack-like tower. He wasn’t positive what to make of it however referred to as the hearth division as alarms went off.

The hearth was in buildings housing plastics, pallets and chlorine, officers mentioned, however Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost mentioned the half the place many of the chlorine was saved appeared to beneath management.

Residents near the blaze have been suggested to shut their home windows however weren’t required to evacuate, with officers saying air high quality remained acceptable and would proceed to be monitored.

Some residents fled nonetheless.

“It’s worrying. You don’t know what’s going to occur,” Joel Heredia advised WBCS-TV.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital after being struck by particles, officers mentioned. He was doing properly, although different firefighters slipped and fell within the slick situations, officers mentioned.

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