The Maskal Paper Factory, a battlefield against numerous small and not so small fires over decades, was most often destroyed on Wednesday night, when a huge fire broke through a historic factory at the Pasaik River in Elmwood Park.
Despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters under the dive of the wind, the big red sign of the plant for decades in North Jersey collapsed along with the iconic red brick building, which held it on top along with Route 80 for millions of passers-bys over the years.
The neighborhood of Elmwood Park, which forms a semicircle around the expired plant, has been in a flooded crash with paper crashes and smoke as firefighters are ready to order evacuations, if necessary. The traffic slowed down to indexing the Route 80, with one driver reporting to Twitter that the temperature gauge in his car was about 50 degrees wide as it passed the plant, indicating the fire's intensity on paper.
A massive fire of smoke from the massive fire can be seen on the radar as far away from the South Coast of Long Island as a video after the video showed the flames that fired from the roof of the 86-year-old factory and explosions of propane tanks can be hear. No injuries reported.
The factory was founded by papermaker Nicholas Marcalus in 1932, who came to the United States of Sicily as a teenager and continued to hold dozens of patents and was taken over by his son Robert in 1979. He managed the family-owned factory by 2008 and died in 2014.
The company grew to more than $ 200 million a year in sales of paper towels and other products made entirely of recycled fiber, most of which were sold to the northeast.
The company, now working as Soundwood Company Company, is owned by a private investment firm, Atlas Holdings, from Greenwich, Connecticut.
Elmoud Park police chief Michael Follingo told a news conference that the blaze was reported immediately after 5 am and that the flames feed on strong winds, according to NorthJersey.com.
Temperatures fell to nine degrees in Elmwood Park at 9 am, with cold from minus-16.
The site has a long history of fires including the 2017 fire, when over 100 firefighters extinguished a 5-alarm hell at the factory.
This story contains material from the Associated Press.
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