A big fireplace at a chemical plant in Passaic, N.J., on Friday evening despatched towering flames into the sky and clouds of smoke wafting by way of the area, though no main accidents have been instantly reported, the town’s mayor mentioned.
The mayor, Hector C. Lora, mentioned he was urging residents to keep away from the world to permit firefighters from across the area to battle the 10-alarm blaze on the plant, which homes an organization, Qualco, that manufactures chlorine for swimming swimming pools. Mr. Lora mentioned he was additionally asking residents to close their home windows to maintain out the smoke.
In a short phone interview, Mr. Lora mentioned that about 100,000 kilos of chlorine within the plant had been “impacted” by the fireplace, the warmth from the flames or water from the firefighters’ hoses.
Consequently, he mentioned, a Reverse 911 name went out to residents within the metropolis and in Bergen County, advising them to maintain their home windows shut. He mentioned, nonetheless, that the a part of the plant the place many of the chlorine was saved had not been affected.
“We aren’t at a spot the place we imagine the hazard or the menace would justify evacuations,” Mr. Lora mentioned, including that if there have been poisonous fumes, the firefighters “would have been pulled from the positioning.”
Patrick Trentacost Sr., the Passaic fireplace chief, mentioned about 11 p.m. Friday that the chlorine that had burned was “nothing to be involved about at the moment.”
“However we’re monitoring it continuously,” he mentioned. “We now have corporations within the chemical manufacturing facility, and we’re watching very carefully the place this fireplace goes.”
Mr. Lora estimated that greater than 200 firefighters from the area had responded to the fireplace, which started simply after 8:30 p.m. He mentioned that one firefighter had sustained a minor eye harm.
“I’m extraordinarily involved for the firefighters due to the proximity in addition to the potential of the fireplace reaching the principle plant,” Mr. Lora mentioned. The fireplace, he added, was not but underneath management.
Mr. Lora mentioned he had spoken to Gov. Philip D. Murphy, who dispatched state environmental and emergency administration officers to the scene.
“We received’t be capable of totally examine till fireplace is totally put out,” Mr. Lora wrote on Fb. “It could take a while to determine trigger. Essential subject with chlorine fireplace is wind.”
Mr. Murphy mentioned on Twitter that he was urging “everybody in Passaic to remain protected,” and he requested these close to the fireplace to maintain their home windows closed.
“Praying for the protection of our first responders on the scene,” Mr. Murphy wrote.
Video posted on social media confirmed a large ball of flame erupting alongside the facet of a freeway as thick clouds of smoke roared into the sky. The flames drew crowds of onlookers, a few of whom reported listening to explosions and seeing sparks.
New York City officials said that residents there may see or scent smoke from the fireplace in Passaic, a metropolis of about 70,000 residents, which is about 10 miles from Manhattan.