QTS New Jersey data center roof catches fire

A fire broke out at a QTS data center in New Jersey in the early hours of Wednesday, November 23.

The fire was reported at 02:45 am, and extinguished by 05:00 hours, with no casualties. However, the local fire department reports the fire was extinguished with heavy flows of water, and extra care had to be taken on the site due to flammable building materials on site to build an extension to the facility.

“Early Wednesday morning, authorities responded to a fire on a concrete and steel structure under construction adjacent to QTS’ Piscataway data center,” QTS said. “The local fire department... fully extinguished the fire shortly after arrival.”

QTS has been building a two-story, 90,000 sq ft extension to a data center on the site. The fire broke out in this new construction, and did not spread to the adjacent operational data center, which was unscathed.

The spokesperson explained: “QTS determined that several pallets of roofing material stored on the roof for future installation caught fire. The cause has not been determined. No injuries or customer disruption was reported. The operational data center adjacent to the construction site was not impacted.”

QTS bought the data center site from DuPont Fabros in 2016. The 38- acre campus already holds two facilities, as well as the new building under construction.