Wiped Out by Sandy, Businesses Face New Rebuilding Effort After Fire

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The manager of the Funtown Arcade in Seaside Park, N.J., says it’s just “unimaginable.”

The arcade had reopened in June, after its equipment was ruined by floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy last year. And it struggled all summer. Now, Daniel Shauger says, “We’re wiped out again.”

It’s among the businesses destroyed by a fire that engulfed four blocks of a Jersey Shore boardwalk.

Gov. Chris Christie says the community will rebuild once again. Standing across the street from a still-smoldering pizza shop this morning, he said, “I will not permit all the work we’ve done over the last 10 months to be diminished or destroyed by what happened last night.”

Christie said about 30 businesses were destroyed.

Officials in Seaside Park have begun planning to rebuild their part of the boardwalk, at the southern end, where the fire began near a frozen custard stand. Most of the boardwalk shared by Seaside Park and neighboring Seaside Heights is still intact.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, through authorities say they’ve seen no evidence it was suspicious. (AP)

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