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Fire At Closter Waste Management Company Sends Employee To Hospital

Closter firefighters continue to douse flames at IWS on Railroad Avenue.
Closter firefighters continue to douse flames at IWS on Railroad Avenue. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE

A pre-dawn fire at a waste management facility in Closter sent an employee to the hospital for observation, responders said.

The fire broke out in the Interstate Waste Services transfer station garbage bays on Railroad Avenue shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday, Detective Lt. Vincent Aiello said.

Two employees tried to extinguish the blaze with a fire hose before firefighters took over, he said.

One of the employees was brought to Hackensack Meridian Health's Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood with smoke inhalation, Aiello said.

Demarest firefighters joined their Closter colleagues at the former site of Miele Sanitation.

The Closer and Harrington Park volunteer ambulance companies also responded, along with borough police, Aiello said. The state Department of Environmental Protection was notified, he said.

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