SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — It took almost nine hours, but firefighters finally got a massive fire that destroyed a good portion of the Seaside Park boardwalk under control late Thursday night.
The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department made the announcement at around 10:45 p.m.
“There are no better firefighters and police officers anywhere. Hurricanes and fires are no match at all! We salute all of our brothers and sisters,” Sherrif William T. Sommeling said.
Earlier, Gov. Chris Christie officially declared a state of emergency for Seaside Park as crews fought a gigantic fire that had been raging on boardwalk since early Thursday afternoon.
The fire started in the vicinity of the iconic Kohr’s Frozen Custard at 1800 Boardwalk at around 2:15 p.m., officials said. It quickly reached five alarms before jumping to a sixth shortly before 4 p.m.
Christie updated the situation from the boardwalk just after 7 p.m. on Thursday following a briefing by local officials.