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NJ boardwalk fire linked to Sandy-damaged wiring

3 years 1 month 1 week ago September 17, 2013 Sep 17, 2013 Tuesday, September 17 2013 September 17, 2013 1:00 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Authorities say a massive boardwalk fire in New Jersey was accidental and they have linked it to electrical wiring and equipment they say was compromised by Superstorm Sandy nearly a year ago.

The announcement was made Tuesday, five days after the fire destroyed more than 50 boardwalk businesses in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.

Investigators say the fire started under a building that housed a candy store and an ice cream stand.

They say the fire was the result of a failure of electrical equipment and wiring under the boardwalk and subfloor compromised by Sandy floodwaters.

The equipment had been inaccessible since Sandy struck in late October.

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