Hillsborough NJ Warehouse Fire
Published: February 14, 2016
Hillsborough NJ Warehouse Fire, When Hillsborough Chief Fire Marshall Chris Weniger arrived at the massive warehouse fire at Veterans Industrial Park shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, he knew he was in for the biggest fire he has faced in his 33-year career.
Weniger said he witnessed an inferno that was raging out of control.
“We didn’t arrive at a small fire and it grew,” Weniger, the township’s chief fire marshal for the past 18 years, told NJ Advance Media Saturday. “We arrived at a large fire. Also, the wind was a big factor.
“Within the boundaries of Somerset County, I can’t think of a larger fire. Just the sheer size of it. And the fact we had so many challenges with the weather, the wind, the water supply wasn’t the best.”
Weniger said the fire was officially contained Friday morning. As of Saturday morning, he said rotating crews are on “mop-up” duty, extinguishing small hot spots. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Veteran firefighters agree that the overnight blaze at Veterans Industrial Park, which required firefighters from more than 30 communities and five counties – Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Warren and Somerset – and more than 200 vehicles to contain, was the biggest in the county in recent memory.
The blaze closed Route 206 for much of Thursday and Friday, the major thoroughfare in the township of more than 38,000 residents that was voted one of Money Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Live” in 2015.
“I can’t even imagine being a first responder,” said Bradley Gardens Fire Chief Frank Ur. “I’m just glad no one got seriously hurt.”
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