HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. — Fire and ice created havoc for an army of firefighters continuing to battle a six-alarm blaze in the Victory Industrial Park in Hillsborough, New Jersey early Friday morning.
The fire broke out Thursday afternoon at two huge warehouse buildings located along U.S. 206, not far from residential area. The inferno that sent flames shooting hundreds of feet skyward raged for more than eight hours before it was finally contained.
However, firefighters are still at the scene trying to put out the fire Friday morning as heavy, thick smoke continues to billow.
Hillsborough's Chief Fire Marshal Christopher Weniger said it was one of the worst fires he's seen in his 33-year career. An estimated 200 firefighters from more than a dozen nearby communities joined in battling the fire. At one point, they were pulled back when small explosions rocked the ground and rattled windows.
Several dozen customers lost electricity as flames licked at power lines. Chief Weniger said winds gusting to 30 mph and sub-freezing temperatures "took a toll" on the firefighters, making their job all that more challenging.
Water pressure issues at the site, that once served as a military supply base, also made it difficult for them to contain the fire.
Thick black smoke could be seen for miles.
Route 206 was shut down because of heavy, black smoke pouring from the fire site. Majority of the road has been reopened Friday morning.
Though officials said it was not toxic, the DEP and EPA set up monitoring stations to check the air quality. Residents were advised to stay indoors and keep their windows closed. Many ambulances were dispatched to the scene, but were not needed.
There were no reports of injuries.
Cause of the fire is under investigation.