Fire Devours Part of New Jersey Boardwalk Hit by Superstorm Sandy

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called a fire raging through boardwalk buildings Thursday an “unthinkable situation” as firefighters continued to fight the high flames and black smoke in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

A fire broke out Thursday along a seaside boardwalk on the New Jersey shore, destroying businesses that had only recently started recovering from devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy last year.

A fire broke out Thursday along a seaside boardwalk on the New Jersey shore.

Christie said 35 engine companies, 15 ladders and 400 firefighters remained on the scene Thursday evening.

So far, about 20 businesses have been burned and damaged over six blocks. Some embers hit a condominium, but it was quickly put out, Christie said.

Several firefighters have sustained minor injuries, including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, Christie said.  The fire was still burning along Ocean Terrace Avenue between Stockton Avenue and Lincoln Avenue Thursday evening.

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