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Firefighters battle 7-alarm fire, frigid temps at historic paper plant blaze

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A historic paper plant in New Jersey caught fire last night, destroying the iconic building and forcing firefighters to work in freezing temperatures.

The Marcal Paper Plant has seen its share of fires over the decades, but finally met its match on Wednesday, when the neon sign-topped red brick building finally collapsed.

According to NJ.com, hundreds of firefighters were dispatched to the scene in Elmwood Park, battling the flames in sub-zero wind chills.

The fire was so severe that smoke and debris forced evacuations of nearby homes and resulted in the closure of Elmwood Park schools this morning. One motorist reported his vehicle’s ambient temperature gauge spiked fifty degrees as he passed by the burning plant.

Ultimately, firefighters were too hampered by the weather to put out the fire, and allowed the building to burn itself out.

Despite the apocalyptic scene, high temperatures and exploding propane tanks, no injuries were reported.

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