A timber warehouse which was left encrusted in ice after firefighters tackled a blaze in sub-zero temperatures is on fire once again.

The fire in Chicago was initially brought under control despite being hampered by temperatures of -12C, which saw even the team's engines and equipment freeze.

However the blaze is underway once more, with Chicago Fire Department spokesman Meg Ahlheim telling the Chicago Tribune the team were prepared for it.

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The warehouse was left encrusted in ice after water used to put out the first fire froze

She said: "We expected it. We have companies working there again. We were working there well into yesterday."

Around 200 firefighters tackled the blaze for three hours the first time round, described by officials as one of the largest in recent times, before it was eventually brought under control.

Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford told the Chicago Sun-Times: "It's (the warehouse) turning into a big ice cube now."

It's unclear what caused either of the blazes.

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: A truck is covered in ice as firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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  • Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. More than 170 firefighters have responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan, 22, 2013. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. More than 170 firefighters have responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan, 22, 2013. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: A firefighter helps to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)