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A massive chemical fire broke out in Passaic, New Jersey on Friday night, sending plumes of potentially dangerous smoke into the sky and prompting residents to be evacuated from the immediate area.

The fire at a warehouse at 225 Passaic Avenue was raised to three alarms just after 9 p.m., according to Mayor Hector Carolos Lora, who was on the scene. By 11 p.m., it had grown to an 11-alarm blaze and spread to multiple nearby buildings.

The article goes on to state the following:

“There have been bad fires but this is the worst that I’ve ever seen,” Lora said.

The fire reportedly started around 8:30 p.m. at a three-story warehouse building belonging to Qualco, Inc. a swimming pools chemical company who produces chemicals used to treat pools and spas.

The building was reportedly used for storage of plastics and pallets. About two hours later, that building fully collapsed as a result of the fire, and firefighters were trying to keep the fire away from the main chlorine plant.

According to CBS New York, the fire chief said only one person, a security guard, was on the premises when the fire started and he has been accounted for.

Multiple roads had to be shut down, and the massive fire could be seen from as far as 10 miles away.

One firefighter was hospitalized after being hit in the face by debris.

See videos posted to social media below, as the giant fire roared out of control.

The fire also reportedly impacted 100,000 pounds of finished chlorine pellets just before midnight.

Meteorologist Craig Ceecee said the fire was so big, the smoke was showing up on the weather radar. He tweeted, “The chemical fire in #Passaic was clearly visible on radar and the smoke has dispersed in the Atlantic all the way off the Jersey Shore thanks to the cold northwest wind.”

Governor Phil Murphy warned, “We urge everyone in Passaic to stay safe as firefighters battle a large eight-alarm fire at a chemical plant off of Route 21. If you live nearby, keep your windows closed. Praying for the safety of our first responders on the scene.”

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  1. Well I hope everyone is safe. But saying that if you own a swimming pool you will have a hard time finding chlorine this year

  2. Open borders means there r numerous terrorist roaming r streets and probably haven’t seen nothing yet. Let’s go Branden. These people n r government r domestic terrorist. No doubt about it. Y won’t the people stand up and get rid of it is beyond me it’s r country not theirs.

  3. Sad to see this happen. Passaic is a poor community in north jersey. Last thing they needed to have was to have 3 businesses burn down and loss of employment with resultant chemicals in the air – not good. Hope there were no deaths


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