Expected to Be Knocked Down on Tuesday
THE MASSIVE WAREHOUSE FIRE IN ELIZABETH, New Jersey, that has been burning since Wednesday might be dealt a blow soon after a demoliton company surveys the site on Tuesday.
The quarter-mile long, 2-million sq. ft. plant began burning last week, presumably when a car inside a junk car stripping shop started burning. (See the original Firegeezer report HERE.) The 5-story "fortress-like" concrete structure was currently subdivided and used by a dozen occupants and was packed with flammable materials including 12,000 new tires. The maze-like interior made it impossible for the firefighters to get into the seat of the blaze, so they had to wait until the fire consumed most of the fuel.
The FD officers planned to have the walls breached in some way to allow the heat and fire to escape and permit hose streams to reach the flames.
A firefighter uses a thermal imaging camera to view the outer walls on the northeast corner
of a warehouse that has been burning since Wednesday. Heat on the exterior walls
was in the 300-degree range. (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)
The fire was contained on Saturday and much of the heat has diminished, but many portions of the interior have collaped and several smaller fires are burning throughout the building. The demolition firm that has been contracted to breach the walls will assess the structure on Tuesday and decide on a course of action.
The Star-Ledger has a recent posting and a video report HERE.
The building which was constructed in 1917 has an interesting history from its origins as an automobile plant and through the decades since. The Star-Ledger has a nice article that encapsulates its history HERE.
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