Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A raging six-alarm fire, Bloomberg News reports, has now destroyed at least 80% of a boardwalk that was damaged after Superstorm Sandy and only recently rebuilt.
The fire apparently started in ice cream shop and has possibly destroyed three dozen businesses according to Seaside Park’s Police Chief, Francis Larken, WCAU-TV reports.
“It’s just devastating to the area. It’s just heartbreaking to see. After what we just went to almost a year ago, and now this. I’m just in disbelief and shock over this. I can’t believe it,” said Larkin.
NJ Governor Chris Christie has just arrived in the area, WCAU says.
Video shows flames and smoke spewing from Kohr’s ice cream stand on the boardwalk in Seaside Park as commentators call it an “incredibly serious event” involving dozens of fire trucks called to the scene.
Police tell The Star-Ledger that the fire spread to adjacent structures around 2:30 p.m. and that several firefighters and residents are being treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Seaside Park, about 90 minutes south of New York City, is not far from where a roller coaster pushed into the ocean by Sandy became an enduring image of the storm.