Plainfield, NJ – Fire contained thanks to fire sprinklers at waste facility; No injuries reported

Early Tuesday a fire was reported at the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority transfer station at 95 Rock Avenue. Breaking News Network reported that smoke was seen coming from a trailer structure and Union County hazmat teams were requested to assist in the investigation.  

According to the PMUA website, the Plainfield Environmental Resource Center (PERC) is the city-owned and PMUA-operated transfer station used to facilitate the proper disposal of all solid, recyclable, electronic, bulky and vegetative wastes collected from local residents, Plainfield’s Department of Public Works, private businesses and other municipalities. It is unknown what specific materials were contained in the trailer.

TAPinto Plainfield reached out to PMUA officials, and received this statement from Director Eric Jackson:

“Please be advised at approximately 12:40 pm we had a small fire at the Transfer Station in the Big House.  The Fire Department was immediately called. The sprinkler system did activate and contained the fire. There were no injuries and no customers involved.  The fire was inside the trailer in the big house. Under fire personnel supervision, the trailer was removed from the big house and was being examined for the cause of the fire.  The transfer station will remain closed until the fire department completes their work and the sprinkler system is re-set.”