SEASIDE BOARDWALK FIRE: Kohr’s was the first to go, then more structures on the Seaside boardwalk — Kupper’s, Park Seafood, the Funtown Arcade. Before you knew it, it became an inferno. End to end, more than two dozen structures burned, including Funtown, which was engulfed before people’s eyes. We’ve seen such fires in Wildwood and Asbury Park. But few can remember anything like this at Seaside Park or the Heights. It shot to six alarms very, very quickly. Pretty soon, it was NINE alarms.
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The blaze began just before noon at Kohr’s and was swept up by a strong southeast wind, with flames jumping from building to building — rapidly accelerating the number of alarms, Seaside Heights Borough Administrator John Camera said tonight.
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“There are large pieces of wood being thrown and blown over areas,” he said.
Cooking grease, oils, t-shirts, hats — all are among the inventory stored in many of the buildings. In the end, though, Chris Christie summed it neatly: “The boardwalk’s made of wood, so wood burns,” he told reporters. “The biggest reason for the spread is the wind.”
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