The fire at Majestic Industries and the Qualco Chemical Plant in Passaic was in buildings housing plastics, pallets, and chlorine and could have caused much damage had the fire gotten out of control. Crews battling the fire prevented it from reaching the main chemical plant, which could have endangered the densely populated New York City suburbs of New Jersey.
However, no evacuation orders were issued and there were no serious injuries. Heavy smoke was seen and smelled in nearby New York.
Residents were told to keep their windows closed. Some did leave the area, none-the-less.