Business owners are now free to pursue rebuilding efforts along the
Seaside Heights and Seaside Park boardwalk after officials with the
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office completed their investigation into last
week's fire, officials said.
of this morning, local police had already called units in from New
Jersey Natural Gas to investigate a report of an odor of gas near the
Sawmill Café, but NJNG officials said the odor was not gas related.
County Prosecutor Joseph D Coronato released findings relating to the
fire investigation yesterday, saying the fire was accidental and noting
that it was likely linked to live electrical wiring under the boardwalk
that had been compromised by Sandy floodwaters.
said investigators "may never know" if the fire was caused by old wiring
that had been installed in the 1970s or Sandy, he encouraged business
and property owners to be cautious as they move forward. "If you think
your electrical work came in contact with water and sand, we strongly
recommend you have electrical contractors go out and make sure it's
safe," he said.
Today crowds continued to gather at the site to take in the damage along the damaged boardwalk.
from Smart Center, Helping Hands of New Jersey, and Seaside Heights
fire Department joined forces with Home Depot and Coca-Cola for cleanup
efforts as well today.