A fire breaks out in the huge American Dream mall in New Jersey

A fire broke out before dawn on Saturday at the American Dream Mall, long before the sprawling Meadowlands resort in New Jersey opened.

The three-alarm fire apparently broke out in the area of ​​the Big Snow ski slope. Firefighters from the on-site Meadowlands Fire Department joined businesses in East Rutherford, Wood-Ridge and other surrounding communities to tackle a blaze that had spread outside the building.

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

The massive 3 million square foot shopping and entertainment complex just off the toll highway in East Rutherford opened at the end of 2019.

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

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

Fire at American Dream shopping center

Mutual aid societies joined the firefighting effort outside of the American Dream in the Meadowlands early Saturday.Julian Leshay for NJ Advance Media

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