Fire Engulfs Jersey Boardwalk
8 blocks of it destroyed in Seaside Heights, Seaside Park area
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2013 5:12 PM CDT
Updated Sep 12, 2013 9:41 PM CDT
Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – A raging fire destroyed much of an iconic Jersey shore boardwalk that had just been rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy, but a last-ditch effort to halt its spread by ripping out boards that had yet to burn succeeded in saving the rest of it tonight. The wind-whipped fire devoured eight blocks of boardwalk—four each in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights—destroyed dozens of boardwalk businesses, and caused millions in damages to the economic lifeblood of the twin tourist spots. "I feel like I want to throw up," said Gov. Chris Christie at the scene. No serious injuries were reported.

The Hail Mary effort to save the remainder of the boardwalk began in the evening when public works crews ripped out a 25-foot swath of boardwalk to serve as a makeshift fire break, depriving the blaze of fuel. They then filled the void with giant sand piles—makeshift dunes that this time held back not water but fire. "That appears to have done the trick," said Seaside Park Mayor Robert Matthies. The blaze destroyed all 32 businesses on the Seaside Park portion of the boardwalk, borough Councilwoman Nancy Koury told the AP. An undetermined number of additional boardwalk businesses in Seaside Heights also were burned.

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Steviejeep
Sep 13, 2013 10:38 PM CDT
Jersey shore gets filmed there, then the place gets destroyed twice in a year. It's like god is trying to change the channel.
L20459E
Sep 13, 2013 7:20 AM CDT
"I feel like I want to throw up," said Gov. Chris Christie *********************************** That's the way YOU make the rest of us feel!
Who_Cares
Sep 12, 2013 11:19 PM CDT
How the fire came out so quickly, it almost looks like intentional. This is very spooky, when it rains it pours.