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Huge fire breaks out at Pepsi plant in NJ (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A large fire was burning Tuesday night at a Pepsi facility in Piscataway, Mayor Brian C. Wahler said.

The fire broke out at the soft drink plant on New Brunswick Avenue, near Lakeview Avenue. A manufacturing area of ​​the facility continued to burn around 7:30 pm, drawing a major response from township and nearby emergency crews, the mayor said.

“This is an all hands on deck mutual aid call for Middlesex County,” Wahler said. The blaze was expected to reach at least four alarms, he added.

There were no immediate reports of injuries to employees at the plant, according to the mayor, who urged residents to avoid the area. Crews were working to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby woods and residences, he said.

Wahler said no homes were on fire as of about 7:30 pm

Photos on social media showed thick smoke billowing from the facility. Residents in the area also reported hearing multiple explosions.

In a statement, Pepsi said the fire started outside its plant and warehouse.

“Details of how the fire started will be investigated. First responders are on-site working to ensure the fire is controlled and quickly put out. All employees and people who were in the facility have been evacuated with no injuries,” the company’s statement said .

The soft drink company described the facility as a, “production and distribution facility, where a variety of PepsiCo products are produced.”

Noah Cohen may be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com.

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