Christie Meets With Officials, Business Owners In Wake Of Seaside Park Fire

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is meeting with local officials and business owners Saturday to discuss what’s next for the Seaside Park and Seaside Heights boardwalk after a massive fire left the iconic waterfront area in rubble Thursday.

One business owner, Bubba DeMuro, told CBS 2′s Tracee Carrasco that he couldn’t believe his eyes as he watched his restaurant, Bubba’s Dog House, go up in flames.

“It was like a feeling of helplessness,” he said. “It’s just feeling of ‘I’m watching this happen and can’t do anything about it.’”

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Christie told reporters on the boardwalk that it’s time to focus on the recovery.

“Time for sadness is over now,” he said. “We had two days to feel sad about this, and it’s legitimately a sad thing. But we’ve got work to do now.”

Although the blaze has been contained, firefighters were still on the scene Saturday morning, as several hot spots had been reported. Officials said minor flare-ups were to be expected.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday that the investigation was ongoing. It has not yet been determined whether the fire was suspicious or just a tragic accident.

Some people visited the scene Saturday morning to see the destruction for themselves.

“It’s sickening,” one woman told Carrasco. “I’ve been coming here forever. I take all my friends here.”

The fire, which destroyed about 50 businesses over several blocks, raged for eight hours in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. Only minor injuries were reported.

The two popular Jersey shore resort communities had just spent millions of dollars rebuilding their boardwalks, arcade games, pizza stands and bar and grills to be ready for the summer season.

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Source: CBS local New York


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