(SEASIDE PARK, N.J.) — Investigators are ruling that the fire that destroyed a major section of a popular New Jersey shore boardwalk last week was accidental.
Joseph Coronato, the Ocean County prosecutor, said Tuesday that an electrical vault beneath the boardwalk at Seaside Park caught fire. It was located behind a building that housed Kohr’s Frozen Custard and Biscayne Candies, which was where the blaze was first spotted.
According to Coronato, the vault was inaccessible because of sand build-up from last October’s Superstorm Sandy and the wiring might have been affected by water and sand caused by the weather event that devastated much of the Jersey shoreline.
Last Thursday’s fire destroyed about four blocks of the boardwalk that was home to approximately 30 businesses, officials said.
There were suspicions that the fire might have been sent intentionally given that it was the end of a summer season that had proven to be disappointing. Despite a campaign featuring Gov. Chris Christie promoting New Jersey tourism, business on the Seaside Park boardwalk and elsewhere fell of dramatically from the previous summer.
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