Video: Firefighters battle massive 7-alarm fire for hours in frigid temps
A massive blaze burned for hours at a landmark paper plant, lighting the frigid night sky and toppling an iconic sign that’s been a local beacon for years
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — A landmark New Jersey paper plant has been destroyed by fire.
Fire crews from around the area were called late Wednesday afternoon to the Marcal Paper Mills in Elmwood Park. They battled the blaze for several hours amid frigid weather but were unable to save the structure or the iconic red sign that was visible for years along Route 80.
Authorities say no injuries were reported in the blaze, which apparently began in a nearby warehouse. Roughly 200 people work at the mill, but it's unclear how many were there.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The fire and related issues forced some nearby schools to cancel classes for Thursday.
The fire is the second reported this month at the site. Another large fire occurred there in 2017.
Here's another look at the fire burning in New Jersey from GOES-16. Notice that bright "dot" in NJ that doesn't move - that's the heat of the fire being detected by a weather satellite overhead. #nbcct pic.twitter.com/KuRKjUXokC— Ryan Hanrahan (@ryanhanrahan) January 31, 2019
Coming in for landing into Newark above the 7-alarm Marcal Paper warehouse fire. Hope they’re able to contain it soon. pic.twitter.com/s7fK1yAHp9— Alex King (@AlKingMe) January 31, 2019