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US One firefighter injured in massive blaze at chemical plant in Passaic, New Jersey

08:00  15 january  2022
08:00  15 january  2022 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Firefighters worked to contain a massive blaze at a chemical plant in New Jersey on Friday night that was burning out of control. The firefighter was hospitalized in unknown condition after the fire erupted at the Qualco plant in Passaic , New Jersey . No other injuries were reported. Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost Sr. said the main structure’s roof and walls all went up in flames. He said about 200 firefighters were on scene and that the fire was by no means was it under control. The 100,000 square foot facility includes chloride pellets, some of which have burned, Mayor Hector Carlos Lora said

PASSAIC , N . J . (CBSNewYork) — A massive fire spread to a chlorine plant in Passaic on Friday night. As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, it had grown to 11 alarms. The fire started around 8:30 p.m. at two buildings on Canal Street and eventually spread to a nearby chlorine plant . Watch Nick Caloway’s 11 p.m. report —. A fireball reached several stories high, and a toxic cloud of smoke could be seen, and smelled, miles away. New York City warned residents they may be able to see or smell smoke from the fire .

Firefighters worked to contain a massive blaze at a chemical plant in New Jersey on Friday night that was burning out of control.

  One firefighter injured in massive blaze at chemical plant in Passaic, New Jersey © Provided by NBC News

The firefighter was hospitalized in unknown condition after the fire erupted at the Qualco plant in Passaic, New Jersey. No other injuries were reported.

Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost Sr. said the main structure’s roof and walls all went up in flames. He said about 200 firefighters were on scene and that the fire was by no means was it under control.

The 100,000 square foot facility includes chloride pellets, some of which have burned, Mayor Hector Carlos Lora said during a Facebook Live video.

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Passaic City Mayor Hector C. Lora has instructed locals to keep their windows closed and remain inside amid the chemical fire . Multiple buildings were involved in the fire , according to Lora. Authorities have reportedly blocked off several streets and area firefighters are evacuating those deemed to be in the Videos from the scene in northeast New Jersey show the fire raging from the three-story Qualco warehouse. Qualco is a company that markets and sells a variety of swimming pool and spa treatment chemicals . "We urge everyone in Passaic to stay safe as firefighters battle a large eight-alarm fire

New Jersey fire breaks out at chemical plant ; resident advised to keep windows closed. The city's mayor is requiring that residents shut their windows. Passaic Mayor, Hector Lora said in a Facebook live video that all nearby residents should close their windows. "We are requiring all residents to close your window, stay away from the immediate area," Lora said.

Lora said the fire had not made it to the main chlorine plant.

“If the fire were to hit the main chemical plant, it would obviously create issues beyond what our immediate resources would be able to resolve," Lora said.

Lora encouraged residents to stay indoors and close their windows as a precaution. Gov. Phil Murphy echoed that advice and said he was praying for first responders.

Shawn LaTourette, New Jersey's Commissioner of Environmental Protection, said air quality officials were monitoring the situation.

NBC New York forecaster Bill Karens said the wind was carrying smoke to Newark and the New York City neighborhood of Staten Island.

The blaze near the Passaic River sent smoke into the skyline north of New York City as flames rose above the building. It progressed so fast that it went from 10 to 11 alarms during Lora's video.

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