Residents who live near a massive warehouse fire that broke out early Wednesday will not be allowed to return home until at least Thursday.
Air monitoring will continue until at least Thursday or Friday, but as of Wednesday evening no hazards had been detected, officials said, reports South Brunswick Patch.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency was at the scene, working with the state and county to monitor air quality in the area.
On Wednesday afternoon, Dwayne Harrington of the EPA said a chemical plume – which was largely invisible – was moving up and out of harm’s way. But officials planned to continue to monitor air quality in the area.
At a news conference aired Wednesday on News 12 New Jersey, North Brunswick Fire Chief Donald Salzmann said firefighters expected to be at the scene through Wednesday night and possibly into Thursday.
Some 85 percent of the heavy fire had been extinguished, but the smoke was expected to remain through the night and probably Thursday, the fire chief said.
Crews on Wednesday evening were working to put out hot spots, he said.
The fire began in the center of the building, which made it so difficult to fight, he said. Then it spread to the north, and then to the south, he said.
He said 44 engines, 10 ladder trucks, and 35 tankers from Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon counties were at the scene. Firefighters were running a water shuttle, taking water from nearby lake, he said.
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