It wasn’t that long ago that we saw all the photos of the destruction caused when hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. Remember that roller coaster sitting in the ocean? Well, that was Seaside. Now there has been a terrible fire which has destroyed much of the boardwalk and the restaurants and concession that have brought beaucoup d’entertainment to Jersey Shore visitors for years. Remember, Seaside served visitors from much of the interior of this country and was as much a draw for out-of-towners as it was for locals looking for the raw clam bar and bungee drop to entertain them on a Saturday night.
I’m not sure I totally understand the extent of the fire because too often I have heard Seaside Heights and Seaside Park mixed up but I am getting a slightly better idea of what happened and it is of Biblical proportions (and that is not a Chris Christie reference).
An earlier post concerning the Jersey Shore after being ravaged by Sandy is good to bring the earlier devastation into focus.
Fire Burns Boardwalk Spared by Sandy
A section of boardwalk along the shore of Seaside Park, New Jersey, that was spared by Hurricane Sandy last October, was consumed in a fire on Thursday afternoon. The blaze spread down the boardwalk to other structures, including the FunTown Pier, the site of the roller coaster pushed into the ocean during Sandy, and north to Seaside Heights. Several firefighters and residents have been treated for smoke inhalation. The boardwalk where the fire originated, reportedly sparked at a frozen custard stand, was the only stretch that did not have to be rebuilt after the hurricane.
So this wasn’t the new construction that burned down but the parts of the boardwalk that had escaped destruction from Sandy. As I understand it, the southern-most boardwalk in Seaside Park started burning and it swept to the north into Seaside Heights destroying everything in the path of the fire until it hit a section the fire fighters had purposely destroyed to create a fire break.
It sounds like Fate tried to destroy that Sodom and Gomorra in New Jersey known as Seaside by first sending water. Then, since the flood was only partially successful, Fate rained down fire and maybe some brimstone. It makes you suspicious of the recent demise of James Gandolfini: evil, even fictional evil, is apparently focused in New Jersey.
And then there’s Snooki. What’s next: frogs and toads from the sky?
Also note that New Jersey’s own chief ambulance chaser was Christie on the spot while the flames still roared up the boardwalk. I know he is a good man (despite being a Fascist) and was there to lend support, but there was a rumor that the fire started at the Italian Sausage booth and if you’ve ever walked by that booth when the sausages, onions, and peppers are being grilled for the next rush of boardwalk appetite, the aroma is hard to forget and will draw food aficionados from as far away as Trenton.