Today in fire history: fire destroys much of manufacturing complex

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Aug 19, 2012

On August 19, 1989, an early morning fire occurred in Carteret, New Jersey.  The fire began in the vicinity of a plastics company, located in a larger complex of buildings, which included a plastics recycling company, a machine shop, a steel fabrication shop, and a towing company, among others.  Preliminary investigation by fire officials concluded that the likely source of ignition was a pile of improperly placed debris, and that the fire was suspicious in nature.

The fire spread rapidly from the exterior of the building through windows, and once inside, progressed along the entire length of the building.  Although the fire resulted in the destruction of two manufacturing companies, the involvement of flammable liquids in another business was avoided by firefighters and a company employee who used a partially completed sprinkler system. 

NFPA members can download the full investigation report for free.