Seaside Heights has been struck by devastation again. On Sept. 12, a raging fire ripped through New Jersey in an area that was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy last year. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the flames burned eight blocks of boardwalk causing millions of dollars in damage in an area that was previously damaged in the 2012 Superstorm.
"The wind-whipped fire devoured eight blocks of boardwalk — four in each town — and caused millions of dollars in damage before workers halted its advance by ripping out a large section of boardwalk and piling up huge makeshift sand dunes meant to hold back fire, not water," reported the Christian Science Monitor.
Seaside Heights has taken a beating over the past 11 months. As if the devastating Hurricane wasn't enough for the area to endure, this fire caused more devastation that sets towns back months and relinquishes hope for the hundreds of people who call the area "home." Over 50 businesses in the area were destroyed.
The 6-alarm blaze was intensified by the winds in the area which gusted to 20 mph thanks to a weather system in the area. As for how the fire might have started, that's unknown. Police have launched a full investigation today in hopes to find some answers.
Seaside Heights residents are heartbroken and downright distraught. To rebuild again... just the idea is hard to consider.
© Effie Orfanides 2013