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11-Alarm Fire Guts Chemical Factory in Passaic

Passaic County

Over 200 hundred firefighters battled a massive fire that broke out at a chemical plant late Friday night in Passaic. 

The large fire sent large plumes of smoke as the inferno sent toxic smoke miles away prompting officials to urge residents to close windows as far as Newark. 

Passaic city official said heavy fire broke out at the Majestic Industries which is a company that make gaming furniture for casinos.

Officials said Majestic  shares space with Qualco, a company that makes pool and spa products, including “chlorine pellets” used for pools. 

But flames had not reached an area of the facility where chemicals - including chlorine - are stored, city officials said.  Fire

Passaic officials said the 11-alarm blaze sent crews from Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties. 

When firefighters arrived, they found thick smoke and flames on the roof and upper floors of the Passaic Street facility. 

As of 3:15 a.m., the cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported. 

UPDATE 6:03 a.m. : The fire did not reach the main complex where chlorine pellets are housed and the air quality in the area has been deemed safe according to Passaic’s Mayor.