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Massive Fire Spreads To Passaic Chlorine Plant; Neighbors Told To Close Windows


PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A large fireplace unfold to a chlorine plant in Passaic on Friday evening.

As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, it had grown to 11 alarms.

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The smoke was so widespread, it shut down a serious freeway and might be seen almost 10 miles away.

Passaic Mayor Hector Lora spoke to Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost on Facebook simply after 12 a.m. Saturday.

Trentacost stated a lot of the constructing that the fireplace originated in has collapsed. It was used for storage of plastics and pallets. According to Trentacost, a portion of the constructing had chlorine in it, however he stated, “That seems to be under control at this time.”

As CBS2’s Nick Caloway studies, sirens might be heard from each course in Passaic as the fireplace raged uncontrolled.

“It’s unfortunate. You don’t know who was in there, you know? So it’s just bad to watch right now,” one resident stated.

The fireplace began round 8:30 p.m. at two buildings on Canal Street and ultimately unfold to a close-by chlorine plant.

Watch Nick Caloway’s 11 p.m. report —

A fireball reached a number of tales excessive, and a poisonous cloud of smoke might be seen, and smelled, miles away. New York City warned residents they can see or odor smoke from the fireplace.

Passaic’s mayor took to Facebook to warn individuals who dwell close by.

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“To all residents in the immediate area, please close your windows as our firefighters are desperately working to get this fire under control,” he stated.

Some neighbors went to take photos and video. Others fled within the different course.

“Yeah, that’s why I’m heading out right now. I don’t know what these people are doing getting too close. But it’s worrying. You don’t know what’s going to happen,” resident Joel Heredia stated.

“That’s why we left. We came to check it out to see how bad the situation was because we live right over there. And we don’t know if the fumes are going to come over and if it’s going to have any long-term side effects for, like, lungs or anything. So it’s really scary,” resident Sophia Liu stated.

Some residents of close by house buildings weren’t taking any possibilities.

Leidy Caraballo’s household packed up the automotive to make a run for it.

“And we see the fire, so we don’t want to wait until the fire passes our building,” she stated.

The mayor and the fireplace chief say the one individual within the buildings was a safety guard, who has been accounted for. The guard says the buildings had been vacant after 5 p.m.

Several roads within the space had been closed due to that fireplace, together with the close by Route 21, which was shut down in each instructions at Exit 12/Dayton Street.

The fireplace chief stated one firefighter was transported to a neighborhood hospital after getting hit within the face by particles.

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CBS2’s Nick Caloway contributed to this report.



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