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In pictures: New Jersey boardwalk, rebuilt after Sandy, destroyed by fire

Fire engulfed several blocks of boardwalk on September 12, 2013 in Seaside Park, New Jersey. The town was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

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Residents watch as New Jersey firefighters work to control a massive fire in Seaside Park in New Jersey September 12, 2013.

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Superstorm Sandy tore up the U.S. east coast in late 2012. Dependent on summer tourism, Seaside Park and neighbouring Seaside Heights rushed to reconstruct in spring 2013 and managed to do so in time. All progress that was made was essentially reversed by a large fire on September 12, 2013.

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The fire started on September 12, 2013 near an ice cream shop before spreading across roughly five blocks of boardwalk.

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About 50 local businesses were destroyed in the September 12, 2013 fire. Authorities have said it is uncertain whether the fire was accidental or suspicious.

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According to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, firefighters were able to contain about 95 per cent of the September 12, 2013 blaze, that burned for eight hours, by the next day.

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New Jersey firefighters search inside a burned store for victims on September 12, 2013. Only minor injuries resulted from the fire that caused millions of dollars in damage.

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About 100 firefighters remained on the scene in Seaside Park to put out remaining hot spots on September 13, 2013, one day after the fire started.

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