Updated February 17, 2016An inferno burned down a industrial park in Somerset County, New Jersey. I was initially advised all of the counties 700 voting booths were most likely destroyed. On Wednesday I was told they were able to save most of it not all of those booths even though the rest of the industrial building was burnt to the ground.
Former Bound Brook mayor, Carey Pilato had the following to say about what would of happened if the voting booths were total loss:
In my experience as a local chairman, council member and mayor, I have confidence in the board of elections and their contingency planning – they will be ready for the next election. I have known the board to be very responsive and proactive to ensuring the sanctity of voting in Somerset county. I have faith that The freeholder board will work diligently to provide what’s needed for the next election.
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One of the affected towns is Manville, New Jersey. Manville’s mayor, Richard Onderko told me the following about the fire:
Due to the intensity and size of the fire everyone thought the voting booths were a complete loss but it turns out the voters of Somerset County got lucky.
Manville fire and rescue are on site along with many other towns. I pray all our first responders remain safe and that the fire will be under control soon.
It was reported residents over 30 miles away from the fire can see the smoke.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. No injuries or deaths been reported.