Raging fire strikes at heart of Sandy-hit town
SEASIDE PARK, New Jersey (AP) — A raging boardwalk fire in a New Jersey coastal 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.