A massive blaze that appeared to have started in a warehouse burned for hours at a New Jersey paper plant Wednesday.
Fire crews got the call to the Marcal Paper Mills in Elmwood Park Wednesday afternoon, as raging flames visible from miles away consumed the building.
The roof collapsed by 6:30 p.m., and at one point, the “Marcal” sign, which has been visible along Route 80 since the 1940s, collapsed, said Elmwood Park Mayor Frank Caramagna.
Authorities said there were no injuries in the blaze. Two hundred people work at the mill, but it’s unclear how many were there when the fire broke out.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The fire and related issues forced some nearby schools to cancel classes for Thursday.
Elmwood Park Police Chief and Borough Administrator Michael Foligno said “whipping” winds fed the flames and firefighters had to also battle frigid temperatures.
“It’s freezing,” Foligno said in a published report. “Firefighters are dealing with water on their faces and on their hands. It’s spraying all over you. Regardless of your equipment, it impacts you and slows you down.”
The plant, which sits about 11 miles west of Manhattan, survived several fires over the years. In 2017, more than 100 firefighters were called to extinguish a five-alarm blaze at the plant.