Machine Cause of NJ Plastics Firm Blaze

Friday, September 2, 2016 @ 03:09 PM gHale


A blow-molding machine was the culprit in a two-alarm fire at a plastic container manufacturing facility in Hillsborough Township, NJ, Monday.

The blaze at Tri-Delta Plastics forced a large response from multiple fire companies in the surrounding area.

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The call first came to fire officials at 12:40 p.m. Fire Marshal Chris Weniger said the fire originated from a piece of machinery.

“One of the machines caught fire and the flames spread,” Weniger said. “The fire department arrived and put out the fire with the assistance of the sprinkler system.”

There were no injuries at the scene and officials said the fire was under control by 1:19 p.m.

Tri-Delta Plastics, purchased by Pretium Packaging in 2014, produces plastic bottles, caps and other packaging products.

Weniger said the piece of equipment that caused a fire was a blow-molding machine. Due to the spillage of chemicals and oils used in that process, the marshal said a HazMat unit got the call to the scene.

“These machines contain cutting oil – different types of oils – and because we used water, the oil is all over the floor,” Weniger said.

Along with all four of the Hillsborough Township Fire companies, personnel from the Fire Marshal’s Office, the Hillsborough Rescue Squad, Millstone Valley Fire Department, the Finderne Fire Department in Bridgewater, the Elizabeth Avenue Fire Company in Somerset and the Manville Fire Department responded to the scene.

“With the size of the building and the fact that this happened at a time when our response is not as good – as well as the fact that our firefighters don’t last as long fighting fires in this heat – we ended up calling more people,” Weniger said.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.