Wiped out by Sandy, businesses face yet another rebuilding effort after fire


Associated Press

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — The manager of the Funtown Arcade in Seaside Park, N.J., says it's just "unimaginable."

The arcade had reopened in June, after its equipment was ruined by floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy last year. And it struggled all summer. Now, Daniel Shauger says, "We're wiped out again."

It's among the businesses destroyed by a fire that engulfed four blocks of a Jersey Shore boardwalk.

Gov. Chris Christie says the community will rebuild once again. Standing across the street from a still-smoldering pizza shop this morning, he said, "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."

Christie said about 30 businesses were destroyed.

Officials in Seaside Park have begun planning to rebuild their part of the boardwalk, at the southern end, where the fire began near a frozen custard stand. Most of the boardwalk shared by Seaside Park and neighboring Seaside Heights is still intact.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, through authorities say they've seen no evidence it was suspicious.

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060-a-04-(Cindy Alosco, resident, Seaside Park, in interview)-"one after another"-Resident Cindy Alosco says it's hard to take the boardwalk fire after the long recovery from Hurricane Sandy. COURTESY WABC-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (13 Sep 2013)

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061-a-05-(Bridget Crudo, James Healy Jr. and James Healy, residents, Seaside Park, in interview)-"have a job"-These residents are stunned by the fire that destroyed much of the boardwalk. COURTESY WABC-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (13 Sep 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk, Seaside Park, New Jersey, photo on texture, partial (13 Sep 2013)

GRAPHICSBANK: Chris Christie, as New Jersey Governor, addresses the media near the area hit by a massive fire, Seaside Park, New Jersey, graphic element on gray (13 Sep 2013)

APPHOTO NJJC126: A firefighter unhooks two hoses at the place where emergency workers broke through the recently repaired boardwalk in efforts to stop a fire that broke out a day earlier at the Seaside Park boardwalk, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the new boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (13 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO NJJC119: Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (12 Sep 2013)

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