Firefighters from New Jersey and New York to Indiana are pushing through the brutally cold temperatures to do their jobs.
Interested in Weather?
Add Weather as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Weather news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
In New Jersey, a monstrous fire broke out Wednesday night at a paper mill in Elmwood Park. The fire was so massive people that people flying into Newark International Airport could see it.
More than 150 firefighters descended on the scene. The temperature hovered near 4 degrees, with a wind chill of negative 12.
The fire was under control early Thursday morning, officials said. No one was injured, officials added.
In New York City, where temperatures plunged to 2 degrees, the coldest of the year, a 5-alarm fire in Brooklyn posed “challenging conditions for our firefighters,” the New York City Fire Department tweeted. No injuries were reported.
These were very challenging conditions for our Firefighters, however we are well-prepared for these conditions. Other than it being physically debilitating for our units, we have no operational difficulties –#FDNY Acting COD Sudnik on scene of 5-alarm fire, 376 Vernon Ave BK pic.twitter.com/Os0FMkkZ7b
— FDNY (@FDNY) January 31, 2019
In the Philadelphia area, where the temperature was 5 degrees, firefighters had to use a blow torch to thaw out frozen fire hydrants.
Firefighters also struggled in the Midwest.
In Cameron, Wisconsin, where the wind chill fell to minus 52 Wednesday, fire chief Mitch Hansen looked more like an ice sculpture after fighting a fire.
And in Plainfield, Indiana, frozen crews fought an unrelenting blaze at a trash facility, leaving fire equipment coated with ice.
“The weather and large amount of trash is making this a daunting task,” the Plainfield Fire Territory said on Facebook.