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Elizabeth Warehouse Might Not Need To Be Razed After Stubborn Fire

A warehouse fire is seen from Chopper 880 - Elizabeth, NJ - Dec 22, 2011 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

A warehouse fire is seen from Chopper 880 – Elizabeth, NJ – Dec 22, 2011 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

ELIZABETH, NJ (AP) - 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.

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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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