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Second-Alarm Strikes Clifton Recycling Center

By BILL TOMPKINS, Correspondent | March 02, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 030421103

Clifton, NJ - A repeat of the massive recycling center fire in Passaic was adverted thanks to the quick work of Clifton and Paterson firefighters on March 2nd.

Shortly before 8:00 P.M., Paterson units were dispatched to the intersection of Broad, Hazel and Marshall Streets for a report of a fire. On arrival heavy fire was visible in the rear of Recycle City at 1 Broad Street in Clifton. Clifton was immediately notified as PFD units stretched in down a narrow alley with a wall of bundled corrugated cardboard on one side and a large one-story structure on the other filled with recyclables.

Heavy fire was showing from a dumpster, part of the wall of cardboard, and into the building itself. Paterson Engine 6 and Ladder 1 backed down the alley and started the attack. Clifton Engine 1 and Ladder 3 followed. All other units staged outside the alley.

Multiple handlines were operated, and soon much of the heavy fire was knocked down. Plant employees assisted with heavy machinery to tear apart the bundles to get to the smoldering flames within. Operations continued well throughout the night, with the fire placed under control by midnight.

No injuries were reported to firefighters or employees. Investigators have yet to determine a cause of the fire, but have deemed the building unsafe for use.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.