NJ firefighters battle chemical plant fire

Kearny fire officials said the blaze at the Alden Leads chlorine plant in Hudson County was reported Friday night and burned into Saturday


By Associated Press

KEARNY, N.J. — Authorities say a fire at a chemical plant in New Jersey has been brought under control, but road and bridge closures remained in effect and local residents were urged to remain indoors because of potential danger from fumes.

Kearny fire officials said the blaze at the Alden Leads chlorine plant in Hudson County was reported Friday night and burned into Saturday. No injuries were immediately reported.

In this early Saturday, May 18, 2019 image made from video provided by WCBS TV, smoke billows over the Pulaski Skyway from a fire at the Alden Leads chlorine plant in Kearny, N.Y. Authorities say the fire has been brought under control, but road and bridge closures remained in effect and local residents were urged to remain indoors due to potential danger from fumes. (WCBS TV via AP)
In this early Saturday, May 18, 2019 image made from video provided by WCBS TV, smoke billows over the Pulaski Skyway from a fire at the Alden Leads chlorine plant in Kearny, N.Y. Authorities say the fire has been brought under control, but road and bridge closures remained in effect and local residents were urged to remain indoors due to potential danger from fumes. (WCBS TV via AP)

The blaze prompted closure of the Pulaski Skyway, a bridge-causeway between Newark and Jersey City, and emergency responders helped motorists stranded on the bridge. Local roads around the plant were also closed.

The plant makes chlorine tablets that are used in swimming pools. Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl told WABC-TV that the fire constantly reignited, hampering efforts to extinguish it.

 

Units are still operating at the chlorine fire in South Kearny. The air in the area is being monitored and is now within...

Posted by Kearny Fire Department on Sunday, May 19, 2019


 

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