1 worker missing after massive fire tore through waste management facility in New Jersey

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022
1 worker missing after massive fire breaks out at waste facility in NJ
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One person is missing after a massive five-alarm fire broke out at a waste management facility in New Jersey on Tuesday, according to fire officials. Josh Einiger has the latest details.

ELIZABETH, New Jersey (WABC) -- One person is missing after a massive five-alarm fire tore through a waste management facility in New Jersey on Tuesday, according to fire officials.

Video from News Copter 7 showed black smoke billowing from the Waste Management Julia Street Transfer Station located at 864 Julia Street in Elizabeth after a fire broke out around 2 p.m.

Officials said one of the workers at the facility is unaccounted for.

They said that the fire may have started from machinery inside the building, and while tons of trash stubbornly burned, the private garbage carting company doesn't handle any hazardous materials.

The smoke spewed into the surrounding community due to gusty winds and as a result, nearby houses were asked to evacuate.

No injuries have been reported so far.

Julia Street was shut down for a large stretch between Division Street and Route 1.

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There was no impact to operations at the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport with winds pushing the smoke away from the area.

Officials said the fire is contained, but firefighters were expected to fight the blaze well into the night.

A disaster action team from Red Cross New Jersey was also on the scene.

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