Fire near New Jersey chemical plant spreads thick smoke

Fire near New Jersey chemical plant spreads thick smoke
New Jersey chemical plant fire spreads thick smoke

A large chemical fire burned through the night and into Saturday morning in northern 新泽西州 its smoke so heavy that it was detected on weather radar and seen and smelled in neighboring 纽约市

The fire at Majestic Industries and the Qualco chemical plant in Passaic spread to multiple buildings and threatened their collapse, 官员说.

Water from firefighter hoses froze in cold weather and made the environment slick and hazardous for responders.

The fire was in buildings housing plastics, pallets and chlorine, officials told

“There have been bad fires, but this is the worst that I’ve ever seen,” Passaic Mayor Hector Lora said.

Residents near the blaze were advised to close their windows but were not required to evacuate.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital after being struck by debris, 官员说. He was doing well, though other firefighters slipped and fell in the slick conditions, 官员说.