The Marcal Paper Plant, a battleground against numerous small and not-so-small fires over the decades, which seemingly lost Wednesday night as a massive blaze at the historic factory on the Passover River in Elmwood Park.
Despite a Route 80 for millions of passing motorists throughout the years.
Valiant effort by firefighters in below zero wind chills, the North American landmark for decades, reportedly along with the Great Brick Building. The Elmwood Park is in a semi-circle around which it is intended to lay its foundations. Traffic slowed to a crawl on Route 80, with one of the motorist reporting on Twitter that the temperature gauge in his car was spiked by about 50 degrees as he passed the plant.
Numerous videos 86-year-old plant plans and explosions of propane tanks could be heard.
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The firm has grown to more than $ 200 million in annual sales of paper towels and other products, most of which were sold in the Northeast ,
Elmwood Park Chief Police Officer Michael Foligno said the fire was reported to be just after 5 pm, and that was due to high winds, according to NorthJersey.com.
Temperatures dropped to nine degrees in Elmwood Park as of 9 pm, with a wind chill of minus-16.
Embers were floating through the air toward homes and businesses and they said they were evacuated if necessary, the chief said.
Delays were reported on route 80 near the westbound Exit 61 ramp around 6 pm, according to NJ511.
Mayor Frank Caramagna said the roof had been collapsed by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The mayor told NorthJersey.com that the warehouse was "likely" destroyed in the blaze.
The site has a long blaze where over 100 firefighters extinguished a 5-alarm inferno at the plant.
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