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Passaic Fire: A chemical fire breaks out in New Jersey


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More than 200 firefighters in Passaic, New Jersey battled a massive blaze Friday night that dragged into the early hours of Saturday morning, prompting evacuations in the immediate area.

Smoke from the blaze – which hit a chemical plant that makes cleaners for pools and hot tubs – was thick enough to be seen on weather radar and as far as nearby New York City.

Passaic Mayor Hector Lora said the fire was “the worst I have ever seen”.

“We ask all residents to stay as far away as possible,” he said on Friday evening. “This is a chemical fire. You will see the color in the sky. Because this is a chemical fire, we are extremely concerned for the health and safety of people in the area.

No serious injuries were reported.

Video posted to social media showed balls of flame erupting on the side of a highway, with smoke and flames appearing to reach nearby trees and buildings.

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No serious injuries reported

Passaic Mayor Hector Lora estimated more than 200 firefighters responded to the blaze on Friday night, with many sent home by Saturday morning.

A firefighter suffered minor eye injuries, but there were no major injuries at the site.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 15, 2022 2:35 p.m.

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The site of the fire is a 30-year-old local pool chemical company

Qualco, which produces and distributes chemicals used to treat pools and spas, has been a local staple for more than 30 years, according to NorthJersey.com.

The company’s daily inventory in 2020 held several types of chemicals, from 500 pounds of sodium hexametaphosphate to 500,000 pounds of industrial disinfectant trichloroisocyanuric acid, according to data collected by the Department of Environmental Protection. of State.

The Passaic Fire Department used the facility in the 1990s as a training site to respond to chemical disasters, reports NorthJersey.com

Alex WoodwardJanuary 15, 2022 2:31 p.m.

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Firefighters fight the blaze in the freezing cold

Passaic was 20 degrees Fahrenheit after midnight Friday with sub-zero wind chills overnight and winds around 15 to 20 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 15, 2022 2:26 p.m.

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Fire near New Jersey chemical plant spreads thick smoke and prompts evacuations

A large chemical fire burned overnight and on Saturday morning in northern New Jersey, its smoke was so thick it was detected on weather radar and seen and smelled in nearby New York City.

The fire at Majestic Industries and the Qualco chemical plant in Passaic spread to several buildings and threatened to collapse, officials said.

Water from firefighters’ hoses froze in cold weather and made the environment slippery and dangerous for responders.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 15, 2022 2:24 p.m.


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