SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Hot spots could keep flaring up for days on a Jersey shore boardwalk where a massive fire leveled four blocks just 10 months after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy, officials said Friday.
Some Ocean County residents told CBS 2′s Lou Young that they were hesitant to even view the wreckage.
“I didn’t even want to see it. I just can’t believe it. I just can’t. I was just there two days before taking pictures at Funtown Pier,” Toms River resident Dana Brown said.
Others arrived on Friday in search of closure. Grant Edens brought his children to say goodbye to the boardwalk.
“They had their first rides there at the carousel arcade on the carousel and also the little Ferris wheel they rode on when they were little,” he said.
Edens wondered how much more the community could handle.
“How much can some people take? Between the insurance complaints and the claims? You know this could take as long as Sandy,” he added.
Gov. Chris Christie said the fire that raged for eight hours in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights was 95 percent contained by late morning Friday.
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He said state grants and loans could be made available to help businesses with recovery costs not covered by insurance.
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“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. “We have endured and have begun to come back from the devastation of Sandy. We will not let these fires destroy those efforts.”
Christie said there were only minor injuries, including to three police officers who fell from a moving vehicle.
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Source: CBS local New York