Thursday's massive fire in a small New Jersey shore line town has been upgraded to an eight alarm fire.
A section of the historic boardwalk in Seaside Park, located in Seaside Heights, New Jersey was destroyed, including a roller coaster that was captured on video as it plunged off a damaged pier. At least 32 businesses were completely destroyed in the fire.
The entire pier has been evacuated, as firefighters continue to battle winds to contain the 8 alarm fire on Thursday evening. No injuries have been reported, except for some of the 400 plus firefighters battling the blaze that were treated for smoke inhalation at local hospitals.
The seaside portion of the boardwalk was recently reopened after repairs incurred during Superstorm Sandy.
"This is another tremendous wrench in the recovery," Seaside Park Mayor Robert Matthies said.
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie said during a news conference late Thursday, "it's a desperate situation here," as the massive Seaside Park fire spreads to a neighboring borough.
The cause of the massive fire which is believed to have started at a frozen custard shop and destroyed dozens of businesses is not known.
The fire, which comes on the heels of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has some area residents wondering if the enormous fire could be a terrorist attack. However, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not weighed in on a possible cause for the blaze.