ATF investigating Hillsborough fire, giant blaze finally put out
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The massive Hillsborough warehouse fire was out as of Saturday morning with firefighters remaining on scene to look for hot spots that could flare up.
"I am much more encouraged than I was 24 hours ago," township spokeswoman Pam Borek said Saturday morning of the fire, which that broke out on Thursday afternoon and consumed two 240,000 square foot buildings in the Somerville Industrial Park."I really thought we we not going to see the end of this quickly. I am very thankful for that."
"There are no additional road closures," Borek said, also noting there is some routine, unrelated work on la traffic light on Route 206 at Triangle Road. All activities at Hillsborough public schools are going as scheduled through the weekend.
Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are at the fire scene and have been throughout the duration of the fire because of federal property in the park "that we have no jurisdiction" over — although Township officials have been asked go assist with their investigation.
Borek could not confirm reports that firefighters had been asked not to post pictures to social media.
"I've heard that before that they're not supposed to post pictures but I don't know that to be fact," Borek said. "I don't have confirmation" that the ATF has specifically made the request in Hillsborough, she said.
Borek said that heavy equipment will be brought in to begin the cleanup of the site "but they can't or won't do that until they work on the investigation. It's like a Catch 22. They have to move stiff around the make sure there's no more fire burning but not disrupt anything" that would be part of the investigation.