Crews Battle 11-Alarm Fire In Passaic; Officials say flames did not reach the main chlorine plant – CBS New York

PASSAIC, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Crews fight an 11-alarm fire in Passaic on Friday night.

The smoke was so widespread that it closed off a major highway and was visible nearly 10 miles away.

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Passaic Mayor Hector Lora spoke with firefighter Patrick Trentacost on Facebook just after 12 noon Saturday.

Trentacost said most of the building in which the fire broke out has collapsed. It was used for storage of plastic and pallets. According to Trentacost, part of the building had chlorine in it, but he said, “That seems to be under control at the moment.”

As Nick Caloway of CBS2 reports, sirens could be heard from all directions in Passaic when the fire raged out of control.

“It’s a pity. You do not know who was in there, do you know? That it’s just bad to see now,” said one resident.

The fire broke out at 8.30pm in two buildings on Canal Street.

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A fireball reached several stories high, and a poisonous cloud of smoke could be seen and smelled, miles away. New York City warned residents they may see or smell smoke from the fire.

The mayor of Passaic took to Facebook to warn people living in the area.

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

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Some neighbors went to take photos and video. Others fled in the other direction.

“Yeah, that’s why I’m leaving now. I do not know what these people are doing too close. But it’s worrying. You do not know what will happen,” said resident Joel Heredia.

“That’s why we left. We came to see how bad the situation was, because we live there right now. And we do not know if the fumes will pass and if it will have long – term updates for, like, lungs or something. That it’s really scary, “said resident Sophia Liu.

Some residents of nearby apartment buildings did not take chances.

Leidy Caraballo’s family packed up the car to drive in front of it.

“And we’re seeing the fire, so we do not want to wait until the fire passes our building,” she said.

The mayor and firefighters say the only one in the buildings was a security guard, where there is billing. The guard says the buildings were empty after 5 p.m.

Several roads in the area were closed due to that fire, including the nearby Route 21, which was closed in both directions at exit 12 / Dayton Street.

The firefighter said one firefighter was transported to a local hospital after being hit in the face by punctures.

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CBS2’s Nick Caloway contributed to this report.


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