Fire Along Jersey Shore Boardwalk Destroys Dozens of Businesses

U.S.

Update 9/13: About 95 percent of the boardwalk fire that set two shore towns aflame Thursday has been contained. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said “hot pockets” of the blaze could take days to extinguish.

A newly restored boardwalk that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy last year has been engulfed by flames. The fire, which  began at Kohr’s frozen custard stand in Seaside Park, N.J. Thursday, continues to ravage the town and its neighboring Seaside Heights. Approximately 80% of the boardwalk has burned, according to NBC New York.

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Seaside Park Councilwoman Nancy Koury told the Associated Press at least 32 businesses have perished in the blaze. While some firefighters are being treated for smoke inhalation, there have been no reports of serious injuries. Strong winds carried the fire along several blocks within hours, damaging the iconic Funtown Arcade and Carousel Pier, the New York Times reports.

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