Fire Rages Along NJ Boardwalk Damaged by Sandy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 9/12/13 9:57 PM CDT

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) -- A raging boardwalk fire in a Jersey shore community still recovering from Superstorm Sandy has destroyed more than 50 businesses.

Seaside Park Councilwoman Nancy Koury says Thursday's fire took out 32 businesses there. A real estate agent who works with neighboring Seaside Heights on tourism projects says 20 more were destroyed there.

The massive blaze burned four blocks of boardwalk in each of the neighboring communities before workers ripped out a section of the walkway and piled up sand to act as a makeshift fire break.

Firefighters were still dousing the remains of the fire well into the night.

The fire burned much of the boardwalk that was just rebuilt in time for Memorial Day after being wrecked by Superstorm Sandy.


UPDATE: 9/12/13 8:49 PM CDT

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Firefighters appear to be getting the upper hand on a raging fire that destroyed much of an iconic Jersey shore boardwalk after a last-ditch effort to slow its spread by ripping up boards that had not yet burned.

Authorities had not declared the fire under control late Thursday but it appeared to have vastly lessened in intensity. Seaside Park Mayor Robert Matthies says "it certainly looks like it's been suppressed."

No serious injuries were reported. The fire burned more than 30 boardwalk businesses in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.

The turning point came as public works crews in Seaside Heights ripped out 25 feet of the boardwalk -- which had just been rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy -- and filled the void with sand piles to block the flames' advance.


UPDATE: 9/12/13 7:26 PM CDT

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) -- A last-ditch effort to halt the spread of a massive Jersey shore boardwalk fire seems to be working after a stretch of the newly rebuilt walkway was ripped out as a makeshift fire break.

Public works crews in Seaside Heights took out a 25-foot section of boardwalk and filled the breach with towering sand dunes Thursday evening. They aimed halt the northward march of flames from a wind-whipped fire that destroyed dozens of businesses.

Seaside Park Mayor Robert Matthies says the fire break appears to have prevented the blaze from spreading for two hours. The walkway was only recently rebuilt from Superstorm Sandy.

The fire is still out of control but flames appear to have lessened a bit as 400 firefighters battle it.

No serious injuries have been reported.


UPDATE: 9/12/13 6:14 PM CDT

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) -- An official says a raging boardwalk fire has taken out virtually all boardwalk businesses in a New Jersey town that is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

Seaside Park Councilwoman Nancy Koury told The Associated Press that Thursday's fire took out about 32 businesses. She says no serious injuries were reported.

Koury says the fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights.

Firefighters are still trying to get the raging fire under control as flames leap into the sky and thick plumes of smoke blanket the beachfront.

The fire burned much of the boardwalk that was just rebuilt in time for Memorial Day after being wrecked by Superstorm Sandy.


SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) -- A raging fire that apparently started in an ice cream shop has spread several blocks down a New Jersey shore boardwalk that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired.

Television footage showed flames and thick black smoke billowing from a long stretch of the boardwalk Thursday in Seaside Park.

Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said tar roofs and stiff winds were fanning the flames. He said a section of boardwalk was being removed to create a fire line to keep the blaze from spreading.

He said the fire created embers the size of a fist.

The fire is believed to have started in a Kohr's custard shop.

Authorities say several firefighters and residents were being treated for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

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