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Amazing scenes as 200 firefighters battle blaze inside factory encased in ice

Published 25/01/2013 | 12:55

MORE than two days after it first erupted, 200 Chicago firefighters were still tackling one of the biggest blazes the city has ever seen.

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The firefighters had tackled the blaze which started in a timber warehouse in sub-zero temperatures on Tuesday evening.

The fire still raged on Wednesday morning, despite the city being in the middle of an icy snap.

Although fire-fighters thought they had it contained by Wednesday afternoon with the building encased in a huge slab of ice, the fire was rekindled on Thursday morning.

Efforts to put out the blaze were further hampered by temperatures of -12 which saw the department’s equipment freezing.

At its worst, the blaze could be seen up to five miles away and over one-third of the entire Chicago fire department were on the scene.

Nobody was injured in the blaze but one fire-fighter was taken to hospital after suffering a back injury.

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