Dunes save boardwalk from fire not flood this time

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A
raging fire that erupted on a newly rebuilt boardwalk in two Jersey
shore resort towns has destroyed more than 50 local businesses and
caused millions of dollars in damage.

The fire destroyed the
Seaside Park section of the boardwalk on Thursday, but makeshift sand
dunes saved the northern portion in neighboring Seaside Heights.

Authorities
say there is no immediate indication whether the 6-alarm fire that
broke out near a frozen custard stand in Seaside Park was suspicious or
accidental. An investigation is to get underway on Friday.

Seaside
Park borough Councilwoman Nancy Koury says local business owners worked
hard to recover from Superstorm Sandy's devastation and “now it's all
gone.”

“Haven't we been hit enough?” says Shirley Kreszl, who has rented a summer home in Seaside Park for decades.