Pasik fire: Firefighters prevent large fires from reaching chlorine at a chemical plant in New Jersey

PASSAIC, New Jersey (WABC) – Firefighters were able to keep large flames away from the main chemical plant at an industrial complex in Passaic, New Jersey.

The fire broke out at Majestic Industries’ warehouse on Pasik Street at 11:15 a.m. Friday.

On Saturday morning, after working overnight in freezing temperatures, firefighters were working to put out the blaze.

Mayor Hector Laura said the fire was not under control until 7 a.m.

The company started a fire at Majestic Industries’ warehouse, which produces gaming and hospitality furniture for casinos and bingo halls, and spread to a nearby building used by Qualco Inc. to produce chlorine pellets used in pool and spa treatments.

When the fire started, there was no one in the complex except the security guard who called the officer.

“I was blessed to get out of there. I treat that building as my own. I work there, it grows on you. It hurts a little bit,” said Justin Johnson.

The two buildings span more than 200,000 square feet, and Laura said the fire was likely to be the worst the city has ever seen.

Authorities were concerned about possible air quality problems, however, but quick action by firefighters prevented the fire from reaching the area where more than 100,000 pounds of chlorine pellets were stored.

There were additional concerns about possible evacuations from nearby residential areas, but that too was ignored.

Governor Phil Murphy provided resources available from the New Jersey Department of the Environmental Protection Agency to assess air quality.

“They made an assessment in terms of air quality, as you can see from our backs. They are fighting this fire. But as a direct result of the remarkable response of firefighters and emergency responders, they were able to control the fire and not reach it. The main chemical plant,” Laura said. She said in a video posted on Facebook.

Air quality is considered safe and no mandatory evacuation has been ordered.

More than a dozen firefighters were injured in the voyage and the fall, including foot injuries, bumps and bruises, had millions of gallons of water frozen almost immediately in the midst of the cold temperatures used to extinguish the fire.

A firefighter was hit in the face by debris and taken to hospital, but was later released.

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