Jersey City’s Paper Recycling Plant Suffers Severe Damage from Massive Fire

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May 10th, 2023

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A massive fire erupted at Reliable Paper Recycling in Jersey City on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 11. This fire triggered a seven-alarm response, producing thick black smoke visible for miles. Responders encountered significant difficulties due to the wind, which caused burning paper to scatter on the grass and float to the New Jersey Turnpike. However, they did manage to put out the fire quickly.

Significant amounts of paper and cardboard contributed to the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.

The company had a clean record of no fires throughout its 30 years of operation. However, in a matter of minutes, the fire destroyed their entire business. The company was one of the biggest paper recycling businesses in the tri-state area.

Regular inspections of fire hazards and fire protection systems can go a long way in reducing potential threats to businesses. Risk Logic engineers possess the necessary expertise to provide recommendations that keep your business and building safe.

To minimize the risk of a fire, Risk Logic advises maintaining outdoor idle pallets and combustible storage a safe distance from buildings and important structures. It is also essential to ensure that exterior automatic and manual fire protection are in place. Depending on the specific circumstances, solutions may include relocating the storage or modifying the exposed building wall(s). If you are concerned about fire safety, contact Risk Logic for a comprehensive inspection and assessment of potential risks.