Firefighters continue to battle stubborn 5-alarm fire

Firefighters are still working to extinguish a stubborn five-alarm warehouse fire that started yesterday in Elizabeth. Elizabeth fire officials say the blaze likely started with a car fire inside a sub-basement

News 12 Staff

Dec 23, 2011, 2:43 AM

Updated 4,532 days ago

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Firefighters continue to battle stubborn 5-alarm fire
Firefighters are still working to extinguish a stubborn five-alarm warehouse fire that started yesterday in Elizabeth. Elizabeth fire officials say the blaze likely started with a car fire inside a sub-basement section of the former Burry Biscuits warehouse on Newark Avenue. The fire is contained to an isolated section of the complex, but a huge plume of smoke can be seen from miles away.
An investigation into the cause of the fire won't take place until the blaze is out. The mayor of Elizabeth says he suspects foul play. Fire officials say firefighters initially made an interior attack, but were pulled out due to heavy smoke, high heat and access issues. Firefighters have been spraying water on the outside of the building since part of the building has collapsed and it has been deemed unsafe to go inside. More than 250 firefighters from 35 fire departments from surrounding towns were called in to help fight the five-alarm blaze. Fire officials say there are no injuries and there is no danger to the public. They say it could be days before the fire is extinguished. /


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