Massive fire breaks out at chemical plant in New Jersey
100,000 pounds of chlorine are currently burning.
A massive chemical fire in New Jersey is sending plumes of smoke through the air. The 11-alarm fire broke out just before 9 pm at the Majestic Industries warehouse in the city of Passaic in the US state of New Jersey, local media reported on Saturday.
The fire started at 8:30 pm at a three-story building of the chemical warehouse on Canal Street and spread to a nearby chlorine plant, CBS New York said.
According to the media, 100,000 pounds of chlorine are currently burning. The main issue with the fire is strong wind.
Firefighters say the main building where the fire broke out has partially collapsed.
Passaic Mayor Hector Lora reportedly warned all residents living in the region and urged them to close windows in their homes.
"To all residents in the immediate area, please close your windows as our firefighters are desperately working to get this fire under control," he said, as quoted by the media.
According to the mayor, the authorities will not be able to establish the cause until the fire is put out.
No injuries have been reported yet, the mayor wrote on his Facebook page.