Massive Fire Breaks Out On Jersey Shore Boardwalk That Was Spared By Hurricane Sandy

Updated: Part of the Seaside Park boardwalk, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last year, is on fire after an ice cream shop became engulfed by flames Thursday. The fire was declared contained around 9 p.m. Thursday after blazing for several hours.

1. A raging fire broke out Thursday afternoon at a Kohr’s frozen custard store on the boardwalk at Seaside Park, N.J.

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2. Firefighters battled the 10-alarm blaze for hours and the Seaside Park police chief declared a state of emergency, according to WABC.

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3. The smoke plume quickly grew to be HUGE.

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4. Gov. Chris Christie said 400 firefighters were battling the blaze, including 35 engine and 15 ladder companies. He said the rapid spread of the fire was due to high winds.


Christie said when he first heard about the boardwalk fire, “I said to my staff, I feel like I want to throw up.”

5. No injuries have been reported at this time. Roughly 50 businesses were damaged or destroyed, according to reports.

6. From the air, the fire appears to cover at least four blocks of the boardwalk.

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7. Seaside Park’s boardwalk survived Hurricane Sandy, but underwent extensive repair this past year.

8. At 4:30 pm ET, firefighters were told to pull back due to the intensity of the flames, the Star-Ledger reports.

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9. The Funtown pier structure on the boardwalk collapsed in flames.

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12. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

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