Top Stories of the Year: #4 Hillsborough warehouse fire
On February 11, a massive fire destroyed a warehouse facility in the Veterans Industrial Park at 152 U.S. 206 in Hillsborough.
The fired raged for over 20 hours, and the smoke plume was large enough to be detected by weather radar, and the smoke from the fire could be seen all the way in Staten Island.
There were many difficulties in fighting the fire. Temperatures that day were in the low-20s, which meant firefighters had to constantly seek shelter and swap out with one another to prevent frostbite.
Winds of 23 mph made temperatures feel like they were in the single digits. The strong winds blew the smoke plume from the fire for miles. The winds also fueled the flames, making it difficult to fight.
People in nearby towns reported that ash and other debris ended up on their property. Residents in Manville said charred bits of the park were found on their vehicles and property.
Another homeowner in Manville found a nearly one-foot long piece of debris.
Two firefighters were hurt while fighting the fire. One hurt his leg and another suffered an injury to his eye.
No one inside the complex at the time of the fire was hurt.