Residents Worried About Toxic Residue From Fire

July 15, 2011 Updated Jul 15, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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July 15, 2011 Updated Jul 15, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

Scary moments for Karen Majerowski and her husband the day the Niagara Lubricant plant erupted into a massive fireball one block away from their Black Rock home.

"You had a very dark black then you'd had grey, you'd have yellow. You know it was just an awful situation," said Majerowski.

At first the wall of smoke was blowing away from their home, but as the day progressed the wind shifted.

"You could see it was low lying. It was as low as the grass in the backyard, because it shifted and when it shifted and that's when I got worried about our garden."

Karen's garden was covered with ash and she's worried that the produce may be too dangerous to eat.

"I kept the garden hose running for a couple hours to try to keep the ashes away from the plants but I don't know if I was successful or not," said Majerowski.

Friday, two days after the blaze state and federal environmental agencies are now part of the clean up and trying to prevent any further environmental impact...

Meanwhile the Majerowski's say they can only hope they are safe despite the cocktail of chemicals they were exposed to.

The ATF's National Response Team is now leading the investigation into what caused the fire. And the Environmental Protection Agency is joining the team Saturday to ensure that the site is cleaned up without causing any further hazards.

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