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Seaside Fire Investigation

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We know now that there wasn’t enough water pressure and water in Seaside Heights to help the firefighters get the boardwalk fire under control before it destroyed 50 businesses.  We also know that a report back from 2006 clearly states the government officials understood that they needed to upgrade the infrastructure, the water mains and the fire hydrants in the area.

After Hurricane Sandy the local tax payers paid $8 million to repair the boardwalk and now the Governor has pledged that another $15 million in taxpayer money will now go to help get businesses back on track after the fire.

It only took 15 minutes for the fire to blaze out of control and while officials say that they have been working on the town’s water infrastructure for four or five years it didn’t seems to be up to par when this blaze occurred.  However, Seaside Heights officials believe that their infrastructure was “adequate” and they blame the 35mph gusts of wind for the fire catching on so quickly and spreading down the boardwalk. 

Even though officials feel like their water supply was “adequate” firefighters were still forced to put hoses into surrounding pools and even use water from the Barnegat Bay to put out the fire. 

The fire started due to faulty electrical wires underneath the boardwalk which dated back to the early 70’s.

Seaside Heights safety code states that any development that does not have adequate fire hydrants within 500 feet of their building is supposed to upgrade them, which clearly was not the case here.

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