Firefighters could take days to put out a fire at a recycling center in New Jersey, officials said.
Rescuers have been trying for hours to put out all the foci of a huge fire at a recycling center in New Jersey, and it could be days before the fire is fully contained. A recycling plant in Passaic caught fire Saturday night and is still burning.
The five-acre commercial warehouse where the fire started belongs to Atlantic Coast Fibers, a recycling company headquartered in Passaic. The flames broke out in the middle of the warehouse in a pile of cardboard bales. Workers initially tried to extinguish the fire themselves, and an extinguishing system was activated, but it proved ineffective, rescuers said.
According to firefighters, in addition to the large amount of plastic and cardboard debris, combustible materials also caught fire and caused several explosions. Firefighters doubt the warehouse building will survive.
Firefighters encountered many problems while extinguishing, including cold, wind and an unknown amount of combustible material inside. One firefighter was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Several others were treated at the scene for hypothermia and a fall on the ice.