Massive depot fire in New Jersey (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The fire is reported to have erupted around 3:10 at Veterans Industrial Park, which is located on Route 206. Multiple fire trucks and dozens of firefighters from the Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company could arrived at the scene. Strong winds pushed the thick black smoke miles eastward far from the scene of the fire.
The park contains warehouses and rail.
Radar picking up on the Hillsborough warehouse fire pic.twitter.com/C1lA2xyyWt— Darin Asante (@DarinAsante) February 11, 2016
The billowing plume of smoke caused police to shut down US Route 206 between Dukes Parkway West and Camplain Road, according to Hillsborough Patch.
Hillsborough, NJ Multi Alarm GSA depot fire #northeastbravestPosted by Northeast Bravest on Thursday, February 11, 2016
Hillsborough’s mayor said that the fire currently poses no risk to the town’s residents.
@nj1015 huge fire in Hillsborough, NJ! Right behind Duke Estate.— chris tommins (@Chris_Tommins) Feb 11 2016
Veterans Industrial Park was a former stockpile depot where 2,800 tons of mercury used stored, which was 60 percent of the nation’s stockpile, according to MyCentralJersey.com. It has since converted into industrial space, with warehouses and a rail depot.
The blaze reached 5th-alarm status, the most serious category that fire departments typically have.