Fire breaks out at cosmetics plant in New Windsor

Cheryl Sanders
November 20, 2017

There were at least two explosions, which triggered a fire, a news report said.

Forty people, including seven firefighters, suffered injuries in two explosions and a fire at an upstate NY factory where nail polish is made, officials said.

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The fire broke out at around 11 a.m. Monday at the Verla International plant on Temple Hill Road. Verla, which produces nail polish and cosmetics, among other beauty products, according to its website, could not be reached for comment.

Authorities say two explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory north of New York City have left between 30 and 35 people injured, including seven firefighters caught in the second blast. Police say firefighters were inside when the second explosion occurred.

None of the reported injuries are considered life-threatening at this time, but one of the firefighters was transported to Westchester for burns.

Police say 15 of the injured are company employees.

According to CBS Local, a man at one of the local fire departments described the situation as a "five-alarm chemical fire". Officials said they believed the air was safe to breathe and that drinking water wasn't affected.

The town supervisor, George Green, told the Herald-Record that flames had spread throughout the plant when fire crews arrived.

Crews are battling the blaze early Monday afternoon. The area is being covered in thick, black toxic fumes.

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