seaside fire

photo: Fire at Seaside Park began this afternoon. photo from New12 facebook page.

SEASIDE PARK, NJ - A wind-swept fire has consumed several blocks of buildings along the boardwalk in Seaside Park, including Funtown Pier, and is currently moving further into Seaside Heights.

Media reports indicate the fire began at, or near, Kohr's Ice Cream Shop at Funtown Pier in Seaside Park. The building was ablaze, other structures were burning after 2 p.m. 

By 5:50 p.m. the wind had spread the flames and an 6-Alarm fire was declared.

Residents and firefighters have been treated for smoke inhalation.

Wind speed is reported gusting at 30 mph.  Rain is due in the evening.   A dangerous lightening storm will put a lot of cloud to ground lightening in the area.  

Fire Departments from Monmouth and Ocean County have responded to the scene.  Governor Chris Christie is enroute to Seaside Park.

The New Jersey Firefighters Convention is going on in Wildwood, but fortunately, most firefighters in the state would not be going until Friday, said Mike Galos, Manasquan Fire Chief,

Seaside Park has been viewed as a symbol of recovery.  After the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 business owners and residents had worked hard to get back to some sense of normalcy, according to a woman interviewed on New12 New Jersey.  Gov. Christie has visited the boardwalk many times this season to showcase the recovery efforts along the shore.