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Fire breaks out at the American Dream Mall

NJ.com logo NJ.com 9/25/2021 Ted Sherman, nj.com
Mutual aid companies joined the firefighting effort outside the American Dream in the Meadowlands early Saturday. © Julian Leshay for/NJ Advance Media Mutual aid companies joined the firefighting effort outside the American Dream in the Meadowlands early Saturday.

A fire broke out in the pre-dawn hours at the American Dream Mall on Saturday, long before the sprawling complex in the Meadowlands opened.

The three-alarm blaze apparently broke out in the area of the Big Snow ski slope. Firefighters from the Meadowlands on-site fire brigade joined by companies from East Rutherford, Wood-Ridge and other surrounding communities to fight a fire that had spread to the exterior of the building.

A three-alarm fire in the pre-dawn hours broke out in the American Dream Mall on Saturday, at a time when the complex was closed. © Julian Leshay | For NJ Advance M/Julian Leshay for NJ Advance Med A three-alarm fire in the pre-dawn hours broke out in the American Dream Mall on Saturday, at a time when the complex was closed.

Few details were offered by authorities, who referred questions to the New Jersey State Police, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The massive 3-million-square-foot retail and entertainment complex just off the Turnpike in East Rutherford opened in late 2019.

The Big SNOW is an indoor, 16-story, 180,000 square-foot ski and snowboard park that is kept cold by heavy duty chillers that maintain a 28 degree temperature year-round.

A fire company from East Rutherford at the scene of the fire at the American Dream Mall on Saturday. © Julian Leshay for/NJ Advance Media A fire company from East Rutherford at the scene of the fire at the American Dream Mall on Saturday.

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