11-alarm NJ chemical plant fire blows smoke to NYC
An 11-alarm fire at a chemical plant forced the evacuation of downtown Passaic, N.J., and a warning to New Yorkers that they might smell or see smoke from the gigantic blaze.
The fire erupted around 8 p.m. near the Qualco warehouse next to Route 21 in Passaic, which is about nine air miles from Columbus Circle. Several buildings in the area were reported to be in flames.
“Our firefighters are hitting the fire at every angle,” said City of Passaic Mayor Hector Lora in a Facebook broadcast. “We’re receiving firefighters from all over.”
“Our firefighters are doing everything possible to maintain and contain this fire. It is an extremely difficult fire that continues to rage over this city,” Lora said.
Around 10:20 p.m., New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy urged people …
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