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Massive Six-Alarm Fire Burns Seaside Boardwalk

9-12-13

A fire that began at Kohr’s Ice Cream in Seaside Park has spread to the nearby boardwalk and more than a dozen other buildings. The six-alarm blaze has spread to Seaside Heights and a condo there was reportedly on fire shortly after 5:30 p.m.

Part of the FunTown Pier building has reportedly collapsed and portions of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights are without power because of the blaze.

Gov. Chris Christie is heading to the area and is expected to arrive around 6:30 p.m.

According to reports, emergency personnel first responded to the scene around 2:30 p.m. after getting reports of smoke. The fire spread to other areas, including what remained of FunTown Pier. At 5 p.m., Seaside Park Mayor Robert Matthies told the Asbury Park Press that eight blocks of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights were ablaze.

Emergency responders are using water from Barnegat Bay to fight the fire. Water pressure in the area is low because of that action.

Route 35 between the Route 37 entrance to Seaside Heights and 24th Avenue in Berkeley has been closed because of the blaze. The Route 37 bridge has been closed to sightseers.

A condominium in Seaside Heights across Ocean Terrace has begun burning.

The boardwalk being affected was damaged by Hurricane Sandy and the fire has set back the recovery process because it began destroying new boardwalk wood that was recently replaced. A section of the boardwalk was removed to keep the fire from spreading further.