Firefighters extinguish hot spots after massive fire at PepsiCo plant in Piscataway, New Jersey; 2 firefighters injured

PISCATAWAY, New Jersey (WABC) – The massive fire at the PepsiCo plant was finally out in Piscataway, New Jersey Wednesday morning when a few places were still smoldering.

The fire was focused on the back of the building.

Video from Newscopter 7 captured the scene moments after the fire began just before 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Fire could be seen shooting through the roof of the building.

Initial reports say several propane tanks may have exploded, causing the flames to grow.

There were reportedly employees in the building when the fire broke out, but they were able to escape.

People living nearby were worried about the smoke and if anything is burning there is toxic.

“Out of nowhere I hear boom, boom, boom, and it sounds like it’s the neighbors upstairs just slamming into the ground, but then we go outside and we see it’s like explosions from the place,” said one eyewitness.

“I saw all this fire, the explosion, everything, all that smoke coming from the sky. It was pretty amazing to me, I’ve never seen so much black smoke, thick smoke in the sky,” said another eyewitness.

Officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire in one of the company’s largest distribution centers in this region.

Two firefighters were slightly injured. One suffered heat exhaustion while the other suffered a shoulder injury, but the injuries were not considered serious.

PepsiCo released a statement late Tuesday:

“Tuesday night a fire started outside the Pepsi factory and warehouse in Piscataway, NJ. Details of how the fire started will be investigated. First aid personnel are working on site to ensure the fire is controlled and quickly extinguished. All staff and people , who was in the facility, has been evacuated without injury. “

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