Fire evacuates NJ chemical plant

BRANCHBURG —€” A fire at a chemical facility caused a precautionary evacuation of the building but was quickly extinguished, according to a company executive.

At about 3:50 p.m. on Monday, a fire ignited on the roof of a warehouse at the Voltaix electronic chemicals facility at 197 Meister Avenue, according to Mark A. Wilkinson, executive vice president of operations and technology for Voltaix.

“There were no injuries, no damage to the facility, but there was a precautionary evacuation,” Wilkinson said. “A small amount of flammable material burned, but we always do a thorough investigation on anything unexpected.”

“The fire was the result of a chemical release Disilane that is air-reactive and automatically lights on fire when it is exposed to air,” North Branch Fire Chief David Hickson said. “Working with Voltaix employees, we were able to stop the release of the chemical and extinguish any fire that remained after containing the release.”

Firefighters and rescue personnel were on scene for about an hour, after which employees were allowed back into the building, Hickson said.”

At no time was there any risk to the community from the gas release,” Hickson said. “The gas burned itself off as it reached the atmosphere and the smoke dissipated well above ground level.”

Units on scene included North Branch, Green Knoll, Readington, and Bradley Gardens fire departments, as well as Branchburg Police and Rescue Squad, and the Somerset County Hazmat and Office of Emergency Management, Hickson said.

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