The fire started yesterday afternoon at a Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard stand around 2:15 p.m. and winds of 30mph pushed the fire into the neighboring businesses.
|Picture from USA Today article|
The 84-year-old Funtown Pier amusement park was unfortunately caught in the blaze and collapsed. This is made even more tragic by the fact it was to reopen next year after being rebuilt from the damage it suffered from Hurricane Sandy.
(picture from NY Daily News article)
(Before and during photos of the Funtown Pier. From New York Daily News/ ABC)
The historic Carousel Arcade, the centerpiece was a 90+ year old carousel, with 58 hand carved wooden animals and the rest of the arcade featured pinball, video games, Skee Ball and other games of chance, was lost in the devastation yesterday which should make everyone sad since this wonderful building and ride survived Hurricane Sandy's destruction.
(Photo from Google)
According to an article from USA Today, Gov. Christie states that the actual cause of the fire is still unknown and there are still at least 100 firefighters on scene.
While most people know of Seaside Heights from the MTV show 'Jersey Shore', and please keep any opinions of the show and the "actors" to yourself, this whole situation is very sad and heartbreaking considering how hard the whole area was hit in 2012.
We here at ISI are very glad that there was no loss of life in this blaze and just minor injuries to the firefighters, and being from a firefighter family this makes me even happier.
We will update with more news as we get it.