Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Fire Engulfs Arteferro Neighbor

Correction: It was the mattress warehouse.

A massive fire in an ironworks company right next to the city's main firehouse drew aid from fire companies all over Union County Tuesday.

Firefighters in aerial ladders trained hoses on the blaze. As thick gray smoke swirled over the Arteferro building on Central Avenue, as many as five attack points could be seen. Fire equipment from Elizabeth, Springfield, Westfield, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Cranford and Roselle were on hand.

The block also holds a mattress company. Asked whether they had to evacuate, an employee out on the sidewalk said he was was waiting for the company owner to arrive.

Ash flying west from the building fell on the Whitney Young apartment complex, where residents and onlookers gathered to watch the firefighting effort.

Plaintalker will add details and photos as soon as possible.


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