Body found at site of major fire at waste disposal facility

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Elizabeth, NJ (WABC) — A body was recovered after a massive five-alarm fire tore through a New Jersey waste disposal facility on Tuesday.

The fatality is believed to be a worker as only one person was missing but their identity has not yet been released.

The coroner is on site and more information will be released as it becomes available.

News Copter 7 video showed black smoke billowing from the Waste Management Julia Street Transfer Station at 864 Julia Street in Elizabeth after the fire broke out around 2pm

Officials said the fire could possibly have started from machinery inside the building, and while tons of garbage persistently burned, the private garbage hauler doesn’t handle hazardous materials.

The smoke billowed into the surrounding community due to gusty winds, prompting residents of surrounding homes to evacuate the building.

No other injuries were reported.

Julia Street was closed for a large section between Division Street and Route 1.

There were no impacts on operations at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport as wind pushed smoke away from the area.

Officials contained the blaze, but firefighters battled hotspots throughout the night.

A disaster response team from the New Jersey Red Cross was also on the scene.

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