NJ Pepsi plant fire
PISCATAWAY, N.J - Two firefighters were recovering from their injuries Wednesday after battling an inferno at a Pepsi warehouse in Piscataway, New Jersey
Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler said one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion while the other injured their shoulder. The injuries were not considered serious, Wahler said.
A fire engulfed part of the warehouse on Tuesday night, sending thick smoke into the sky for hours.
The fire started around 6:30 p.m., according to the Piscataway Police Department. Firefighters from several fire departments responded to the burning warehouse, which is located at New Brunswick Avenue near Lakeview Avenue.
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Police shut down roads in the area. The township urged the public to stay away.
"A major structural fire is occurring in #Piscataway and residents are asked to avoid New Brunswick Avenue, Carlton Avenue and Lakeview Avenue to enable first responder vehicles to access it," Piscataway Township tweeted. "Please do not drive over to view the site and please stay inside if you can."
Video from SkyFOX showed bright flames burning several solar panels on the roof of the warehouse.
In a statement emailed to Fox 5 News, PepsiCo said the fire started outside the warehouse.
"First responders are on-site working to ensure the fire is controlled and quickly put out," the company said in a statement. "All employees and people who were in the facility have been evacuated with no injuries."
PepsiCo said it would investigate how the fire started. There were no signs of a potential collapse of the structure.
Volunteers with the Red Cross were on the scene providing services to first responders working to put out the fire.
With the Associated Press