March 31st, 2022
A massive fire broke loose at a PepsiCo production and distribution plant at 2200 New Brunswick Avenue in Piscataway, New Jersey on the night of Tuesday, March 22nd. The fire began at approximately 7:30 p.m. The blaze started in the back of the building where many wooden pallets were being stored. The fire was eventually put out later that night, but firefighters were on the scene until Wednesday morning.
The cause of the PepsiCo plant fire is currently under investigation, but initial reports indicate that propane tanks exploded, which greatly exacerbated the size of fire. There were around thirty employees working in the building at the time of the disaster and they were all evacuated without any reported injuries. Over one hundred firefighters worked overnight to put out hotspots and contain the flames.
The warehouse had a working sprinkler system, but it wasn’t enough to contain the flames, said Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler. The building has been in use for over fifty years, and it is PepsiCo’s “Main bottling plant for Mountain Dew and Aquafina Water in the New York City tri-state area,” said the mayor.
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