Rains Help Calm New Jersey Boardwalk Fire

Category: Media & Culture / Sep 13, 2013 2:10PM EDT

A late-night rainstorm brought relief to some 400 firefighters struggling to contain a fast-moving fire on Friday (September 13), which ravaged blocks of boardwalk and businesses along the New Jersey beach town of Seaside Park still rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy.

Part of the boardwalk was torn up and a 20-foot (6-meter) trench dug to keep flames from spreading through the close-packed buildings.

Firefighters, using a 50-foot (15-meter) extension ladder, poured a stream of water into a blazing pizza restaurant as flashers and spotlights from dozens of fire trucks lit up the pillar of smoke rising from the town.

Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and said at a televised news conference that about 20 businesses had been affected. The cause of the fire was unknown, and there were some minor injuries, he said.

Seaside Park is less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from the carnival rides and better-known boardwalk of Seaside Heights, where MTV's reality show "Jersey Shore" is filmed. Seaside Heights' partly submerged Jet Star roller coaster became one of the most famous images of the damage from the giant storm.

Video Credit: Reuters