Tragedy has hit the Jersey Shore again.
Nearly one year after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, a large fire caused massive damage along the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights on Thursday, September 12.
The fire, which started near Kohr’s Frozen Custard shortly after 2 p.m., quickly spread due to gusting winds and flammable tar roofs, destroying four blocks of the boardwalk and 40 to 50 businesses according to NJ.com and Star-Ledger staff.
The fire was declared under control shortly after 9 p.m., Seaside Heights emergency management coordinator William Hibell said.
Several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, officials said, and at least one firefighter has been hospitalized related to smoke inhalation complications.
Roughly 500 firefighters were still on the scene at 10 p.m. according to Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd.
MTV stars made famous from the reality show, "Jersey Shore," spoke out on Twitter when they heard the news.
Other former cast members’ prayers are also with Seaside.
“Wow. Praying for Seaside,” Vinny Guadagnino wrote.
“Just heard about seaside & my heart is breaking,” Samantha Giancola aka Sammi Sweetheart wrote. “Prayers to everyone! This is devastating seeing my other home go through this once again.”
Giancola’s boyfriend and former cast member also shared kind words. “Prayers go out to the firefighters & all the first responders taking involved in the fire in #SeaSidePark #GoingBounceBackOnceAgain,” Ronnie Magro wrote.
DJ Pauly D simply tweeted, “Damn Seaside Again ! :(" and an hour later also wrote, “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Seaside right now, it's heartbreaking to see my second home go through another devastation.”
Deena Nicole Cortese expressed sadness and disbelief, “I can’t belief what’s going on in seaside right now :( so sad..so many memories,” she wrote.
NJ.com posted a partial list of businesses impacted by the fire and one of the businesses mentioned is The Beachcomber.
"Can't believe #beachcomber is listed as destroyed .. The owner Michael is a sweet heart.. That was our go to spot during filming :( so sad," Cortese tweeted. Cortese continued to write, “To think beachcomber made it thru the hurricane n now is completely destroyed ..seaside was such a huge part of my life even when I was 5.”
The Beachcomber acknowledged on their Facebook Page that they suffered damage in the fire.
The Facebook post read,
“First and foremost, our hearts go out to all of our neighbors and fellow business owners in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights during this difficult time. We thank all of the courageous fire fighters and first responders for putting up such a strong fight today. As the devastating fires are beginning to be contained, it is with regret to inform you some of our building and much of our hearts have sustained damage. But the Beachcomber is much more than just a building; it is the spirit of our family, our friends, our employees, our bands and mostly our loyal customers throughout the years. Thank all of you for your prayers and support through this horrific event. Although no specific reports can be given right now...know that we will be back, the sun will rise tomorrow and the future is bright.”
Some of the other businesses listed on NJ.com include The Beach Bar, Funtown Pier Amusements and Marucas Pizza; some of the businesses destroyed hadn’t even yet recovered from Hurricane Sandy.