Update: 4-alarm blaze under control

16 12 2008

Firefighters are battling an intense blaze this morning at a meat market in Passaic.

The business — Procesadora De Carnes y Alimentos, a meat market — is located at 177 Passaic Street, at the corner with Market Street, police said.

The four-alarm blaze was reported at 6:33 a.m, said Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost. Ten to twelve employees were inside the shop when the fire broke out, Trentacost said. They were safely evacuated.

The business is wholesaler that sells meat to supermarkets and restaurants in New Jersey and Manhattan. It also does some walk-in business.

An investigation is not yet underway, but Trentacost said the fire appears to have started on the second floor, above a walk-in refrigerator. A formal investigation is expected to begin shortly.

Firefighters had to be pulled out after a short time because the flames were too intense. Heavy smoke poured from the building.

After the roof collapsed, firefighters switched to an exterior attack, dumping water onto the blaze from ladders above the building. Trentacost said there were concerns that the building would continue to collapse.

Three firefiighters were injured — one with an ear laceration — and treated at the scene.

Check back later for more information.




One response

6 01 2009

Great Story

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