Long-Burning NJ Warehouse May Not Have to Be Razed

The fire started last Wednesday.

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011  |  Updated 8:37 AM EDT
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As a New Jersey warehouse fire rages for a second straight day, nearby residents are concerned over air quality despite assurances by officials the air was safe. Katy Tur reports

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As a New Jersey warehouse fire rages for a second straight day, nearby residents are concerned over air quality despite assurances by officials the air was safe. Katy Tur reports

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NJ Warehouse Fire Rages for 2nd Day

For a second day, firefighters in northern New Jersey on Thursday battled a huge warehouse fire that created thick plumes of black smoke visible from miles away, including from the New Jersey Turnpike. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.
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Firefighters have found a surprise after getting a weeklong fire under control in a New Jersey warehouse: The building may not need to be razed.      

Elizabeth Fire Chief Thomas McNamara tells The Star-Ledger that about one-third of the five-story, 2 million-square foot building was damaged. But the rest was unaffected in the chemical-fueled blaze.      

He says the insurance company is debating whether to demolish the building in an historic industrial area.      

The fire has been burning since last week, but firefighters say it's now under control. It's not clear when it can be put out entirely.

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