Three people were injured, and one was missing, after a fire broke out late Monday afternoon at a warehouse reportedly used by a chemical company in Newark, reports CBS New York (http://cbsloc.al/1HqcPbl)
The fire broke out at 5:14 p.m. after an explosion at the warehouse at the Boassa America Company 80 Doremus Ave. in Newark, near Exit 15E on the New Jersey Turnpike. The fire was raised to a second alarm.
A whole side of the two- or three-story industrial building collapsed as a result of the explosion. Flames were shooting from the roof and black smoke was pouring into the air.
One worker was missing in the building, and three people were injured, officials told CBS2. Two of the injured people were taken University Hospital in Newark, and the third was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, officials said.
Their conditions were not immediately learned.
The building housed a chemical company, and reportedly housed numerous chemicals as well as propane. Several tanks were also being stored in the area around the building.
Fire crews were told to stand back from the immediate area, but officials said chemicals were not burning.
The first fire truck at the scene mounted the tower ladder raised to keep the firefighters at a safe distance.