A massive fire raging for hours burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in a New Jersey shore town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. More than three hours after the fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop, television footage showed flames still leaping into the sky and thick black smoke covering a stretch of the coastline.
On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, a massive fire rages along several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in a New Jersey shore town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
KYW reported that the fire started at Kohr Brothers frozen custard shop on the FunTown Amusement Pier around 2:15 p.m. ET.
AP reported that more than three hours after the fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop, television footage showed flames still leaping into the sky and thick black smoke covering a stretch of the coastline.
About 20 businesses have been burned and damaged over six blocks.
As reported by CNN, the fire was still burning along Ocean Terrace Avenue between Stockton Avenue and Lincoln Avenue Thursday evening.
Hurricane Sandy, after killing at least 69 people in the Caribbean, streamed northward, merged with two wintry weather systems and socked the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes with wind, waves, rain and snow. Some figures associated with Sandy’s rampage through the U.S., as of Wednesday night:
— Maximum size of storm: 1,000 miles across
— Highest storm surge: 14.6 feet at Bergen Point, N.J.
— Number of states seeing intense effects of the storm: At least 17
— Deaths: At least 98
— Damage: Estimated property losses at $20 billion, ranking the storm among the most expensive U.S. disasters
— Top wind gust on land in the U.S.: 90 mph Islip, N.Y., and Robbins Reef, N.J.
— Power outages at peak: More than 8.5 million
— Canceled airline flights: More than 19,500
— Most rainfall: 12.55 inches, at Easton, Md.
— Most snow: 34 inches at Gatlinburg, Tenn.
— Evacuation zone: Included communities in more than 400 miles of coastline from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass.
By The Associated Press:
Sources: National Weather Service, FlightAware, Weather Underground, AP reporting.