Massive fire breaks out at Union Co. waste management facility: report


UNION COUNTY, NJ – A massive five-alarm fire broke out at a waste management facility in Elizabeth on Tuesday afternoon, according to ABC7.

Video shows plumes of black smoke belching from the Waste Management Julia Street Transfer Station at 864 Julia Street in Elizabeth after the fire broke out around 2 p.m.

ABC7 said one person was missing at 4:57 p.m. The local fire department told ABC7 the fire may have started from machinery inside the building.

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The smoke also spread to the surrounding community, due to the winds, and nearby homes were told to evacuate, according to ABC7.

Julia Street was closed for a large stretch between Division Street and Route 1 due to the fire.

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A video on Twitter shows the large amount of smoke:

Despite the fire’s proximity to Newark Liberty International Airport, there is currently no impact to operations at the airport, according to its Posting on Twitter.

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