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Junkyard Fire: No Cause Determined, Probe Ongoing

A local environmentalist wonders whether fire extinguishing chemicals seeped into groundwater.

Photo by Brian Sully
Photo by Brian Sully

Jefferson Township Police say no cause has been found yet for the Schoolhouse Road junkyard fire that burned thousands of cars between Dec. 28-30, according to NJ.com.

Capt. Eric Wilsusen said police are still deep in the investigation of the event that burned an estimated three-fourths of the Sars Auto Wreckers site at 113 Schoolhouse Road in the Oak Ridge/Milton section of town. The article said it took about two days, tankers and equipment from 23 municipalities, plus supplemental machines and humanpower from Morris County's Office of Emergency Management and Hazardous Materials Unit to extinguish the flames fully, the article said. 

Wilsusen told NJ.com that according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which examined area streams, found no pollution from the fire. But New Jersey Sierra Club leader Jeff Tittel said he is concerned that there may be chemicals from vehicles or fire-fighting substances that leadked into area groundwater.d the drinking water for 5.5 million New Jersey citizens,' he said.

There were no injuries from the fire, but one fire fighter broke his finger when he slipped and fell, the article said.

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