The fire at the Passaic chemical plant in New Jersey is the 11th alarm at Qualco

PASSAIC – More than 200 firefighters continued to battle an 11-alarm chemical fire that sent one to hospital early Saturday morning.

Freezing temperatures froze stormwater runoff and created even more hazards for first responders in three counties.

Mayor Hector Lora said most of the fire, which started around 8:30 p.m. Friday, is in the Majestic Industries part of the property, but that part has also spread to the Qualco chemical plant at 225 , rue Passaic.

Lora, who took to Facebook Live overnight with updates, said the fire involved multiple buildings and they expected to lose the entire structure. .

“There have been some bad fires but this is the worst I have ever seen,” he said.

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