Firefighters Battle NJ Warehouse Fire

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June 15th, 2023

On Thursday May 18th, a blaze ignited at a Mercer County, NJ warehouse, just off Route 1, reaching a four-alarm status. Over 20 firefighting units responded from 14 different municipalities across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. One responder was injured during the fire with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The fire began at the former Goodall Rubber building in Hamilton Township, which Hakim International Trading now manages. Firefighters were targeting flames that looked like pallets of books and paper, although it is not confirmed. Debris blew onto neighboring properties, and some homes needed to evacuate for safety.  First responders and rescue workers needed to bring in water tanks filled from nearby ponds. Crews stayed on the scene until late in the day to ensure there were no hot spots. 

First responders pour water on the building until late Thursday night.

Construction crews assisted with demolishing parts of the building for safety reasons. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) did not detect harmful air quality. The cause of the fire is also still under investigation with Hamilton Township. This was the second major fire in the same county in one week; the other was at an abandoned school. Investigators are trying to rule out the link between the two incidents.

Picture of the facility before the fire

Routine inspections of fire protection systems and fire hazards can minimize threats to your warehouse. Experienced Risk Logic engineers perform supply property loss prevention surveys and provide recommendations to help keep your warehouse safe inside and outside .

Risk Logic Inc. can offer recommendations on how to safely store idle pallets and other outdoor storage at an appropriate distance from your building, important structures and equipment. Please contact Risk Logic for a site inspection to help keep your company safe.