Investigators looking into the cause of the massive and destructive blaze that started in Seaside Park, N.J. last Thursday and quickly spread north to Seaside Heights, revealed on Sept. 17 that the fire was the result of an electrical malfunction.
Social media conspiracy theories as to the possible cause of the blaze attributed the fire to everything from old wiring to arson.
And the winner is faulty electrical wiring left over from Superstorm Sandy.
The fire began underneath a building housing Kohr's Frozen Custard and Biscayne Candies in electrical wiring installed after 1970. The wiring had sustained damage from sand and salt water during Hurricane Sandy, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.
Coronato is urging business owners who fear that their wiring may have sustained damage resulting from last October’s Superstorm Sandy, to have their electrical systems inspected.
Yesterday in Seaside Heights, representatives from N.J. Governor Chris Christie’s administration met with those affected by the blaze to discuss recovery and rebuilding from this latest disaster.
Christie has earmarked funds that are already available from Superstorm Sandy relief efforts that will be used to remove boardwalk debris left behind from the fire.
The governor already had announced that $15 million will be available to local businesses for rebuilding. The damage to the boardwalk alone is expected to be at least $1.88 million.
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