Raging fire devastates New Jersey boardwalk already hit by Superstorm Sandy
New Jersey resort towns were still in the process of rebuilding after Sandy hit a year previously
A raging fire that erupted on a newly rebuilt boardwalk in two seaside New Jersey resort towns has caused millions of dollars in damage and destroyed more than 50 businesses in the area.
The fire devastated the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk on Thursday, but makeshift sand dunes saved the northern portion in neighboring Seaside Heights.
The boardwalk had previously been hit by Superstorm Sandy a year ago, and the shore town was still in the process of rebuilding the area.
Television pictures showed a vast pillar of black smoke streaming north under winds gusting to 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour). Flames shot through roofs of buildings as firefighters poured streams of water from ladders into the blaze.
Authorities say there is no immediate indication whether the fire, understood to have broken out in an ice cream shop at the Seaside Park, was suspicious or accidental. An investigation into the causes is to begin today.
Seaside Park borough Councilwoman Nancy Koury said local business owners worked hard to recover from Sandy's devastation, but now “it's all gone.”
John Saaddy, a business owner in nearby Seaside Heights, New Jersey, said the fire raced through a “fire highway” under the boardwalk.
Speaking to CNN, he added: “There was no way for the water from the top to come down into the beams underneath. So it was basically a big chase, and it spread. Incredibly, in one hour I watched three blocks catch fire.
Additional reporting by Associated Press
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 1 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Gaza-Israel conflict: The terrible price Palestinian children are paying for Israel’s war with Hamas
Iraq crisis: Government forces execute 255 Sunni prisoners in revenge for Isis atrocities, says report
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
£70000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Information Security Manager (ISO 27001, A...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...
£60000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Integration...
£75000 - £85000 per annum + ex bens: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Biztalk Te...