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After raging fire, Jersey towns slammed by Sandy must rebuild - again

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 01:26

Sept. 13 - Two New Jersey beach towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy will once again need to rebuild, after a fast-moving fire reduced dozens of businesses along the towns' boardwalk to rubble. Katharine Jackson reports.

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Smoke kept pouring from the charred wreckage of a New Jersey shore boardwalk on Friday (September 13), after a fire tore through dozens of businesses, devastating an area hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Governor Chris Christie told reporters the fire is 95 percent contained, but firefighters' work continues. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE SAYING: "Today's job is focused solely on putting out the smoldering that is taking place in small pockets along the boardwalk and that may continue for days. As these buildings collapsed, it sometimes hides what they called hot pockets underneath the debris and as that debris begins to remove, those hot spots can flare." The fire began at a frozen custard stand in Seaside Park on Thursday (September 12) and, fanned by wind gusts that reached 40 miles per hour, raged out of control for hours, moving several blocks into neighboring Seaside Heights. Four-hundred firefighters battled the blaze, with crews tearing up part of the boardwalk and a digging a 20-foot trench to keep flames from spreading through closely packed buildings. Badly damaged during Sandy in October 2012, the neighboring New Jersey beach towns will again begin rebuilding. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE SAYING: "Yesterday we saw what it means to be from our state. We are tough and we stand together in a crisis." Officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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After raging fire, Jersey towns slammed by Sandy must rebuild - again

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 01:26