A massive blaze broke out on the famous boardwalk in Seaside Park, N.J. on Thursday September 12, CBS News reports.
The shore at Seaside Park was made famous among young viewers during the airing of the MTV hit show “Jersey Shore”. The famous boardwalk also received a lot of attention last year when it was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.
The blaze erupted on Thursday and reportedly originated at an ice cream shop and spread for several blocks destroying more than 50 businesses.
Renovation for Super storm Sandy took place only 5 months ago putting many business owners in a bind.
"We just reopened June 1, went through the whole summer trying to stay open, and now this happens," said Daniel Shauger, manager of Funtown Arcade, which was one of 32 Seaside Park boardwalk businesses damaged in the fire. "We're wiped out again. It's just unimaginable. It was just enough to survive," Shauger said. "We were really looking forward to next year. And we're still looking forward to next year."
The fire was almost completely under control Friday, but is expected to take a couple of more days to contain the blaze.
Three police officers leaving the fire scene were injured Friday morning when they fell from an emergency vehicle; two suffered head injuries, and their conditions were not immediately available. Several firefighters suffered minor injuries Thursday.
"There's not much left" in the affected areas, said Brian Gabriel, Ocean County's fire coordinator. "It looks like a couple of bombs went off. It's pretty much complete devastation."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as he did just after the Oct. 29 storm, vowed that the two towns would rebuild.
"I will not permit all the work we've done over the last 10 months to be diminished or destroyed by what happened last night," he said, standing across the street from a still-smoldering pizza shop and a gutted arcade building that he used to patronize with his family. "While we have lost a place that has provided generations of memories to our citizens, we will rebuild. We will make new memories, because that's what we do."