Fire and Hazmat Condition at Zimmer Trabecular Metal Tech

PARSIPPANY —  Parsippany Troy-Hills Fire District 6 and Parsippany Fire District 5 were dispatched to Zimmer Trabecular Metal Tech, 10 Pomeroy Road at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 25 on a reported fire in a commercial building. Upon their arrival, they were met by the plant supervisor and security guard who confirmed that employees were evacuated prior to Parsippany Police arrival.

Upon arrival fire crews found a small fire in a piece of the machinery inside the building, which was caused by a malfunctioning motor.

Lake Hiawatha Fire Department District 4 and Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department District 1 were dispatched for their Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) and Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company District 3 for additional manpower.

Crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly, but were faced with a hazmat condition. Parsippany Volunteer District 5 Hazmat Team was dispatched to the scene.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Morris County Hazardous Materials Team and New Jersey department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) were also on scene along with Whippany Fire Department, and Morris County Hazmat.

After the fire was extinguished, the NJ DEP conducted a chemical reading and did not locate any high levels of chlorine in the building, deeming the premises safe for reentry. No injuries resulted during the incident and the 15 exposed firefighters were decontaminated prior to leaving the scene.

Parsippany Police Department, Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad and Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Unit were also at the scene.

Pine Brook Volunteer Fire Department and East Hanover Fire Department provided station coverage during this time at District 5 Old Bloomfield Avenue firehouse.

Parsippany Focus observed early this morning Department of Enviromental Protection (DEP) officials and Hazmat Response Team Marines Services, a private contractor, were working on the clean up from the loading dock in front of the building.

Editors Note: Story was updated with additional information on June 25 at 4:20 p.m.