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Firefighter injured in massive fire at chemical plant in Passaic, New Jersey 

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Firefighter injured in massive fire at chemical plant in Passaic, New Jersey

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

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

Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost Sr. said the roof and walls of the main structure all caught fire. He said around 200 firefighters were on the scene and the blaze was by no means 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.

Lora said the fire did not reach the main chlorine plant.

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

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

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

NBC New York Forecaster Bill Karen said the wind was carrying smoke toward Newark and the New York City neighborhood of Staten Island.

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



Firefighter injured in massive fire at chemical plant in Passaic, New Jersey

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