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New Jersey boardwalk fire linked to Superstorm Sandy-damaged electrical wiring

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:26:56 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 17 2013 04:54:44 PM CDT

A massive boardwalk fire in New Jersey was accidental, said authorities, adding that they have linked it to electrical wiring and equipment they said was compromised by Superstorm Sandy nearly a year ago.

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -

A massive boardwalk fire in New Jersey was accidental, said authorities, adding that they have linked it to electrical wiring and equipment they said 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 said the fire started under a building that housed a candy store and an ice cream stand.

They said the fire was the result of a failure of electrical equipment and wiring under the boardwalk and sub-floor compromised by Sandy floodwater.

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