An official from the Jersey shore town where a raging boardwalk fire has been burning out of control says the blaze has taken out virtually all of the town's boardwalk businesses.
Seaside Park Councilwoman Nancy Koury tells The Associated Press the Thursday fire took out about 32 businesses. A real estate agent who works with neighboring Seaside Heights on tourism projects says 20 more were destroyed there.
Koury says the fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk, and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights.
The massive blaze burned four blocks of boardwalk in each of the neighboring communities before workers ripped out a section of the walkway and piled up sand to act as a makeshift fire break.
Firefighters were still dousing the remains of the fire well into the night.
Video from television station News 12 shows flames and smoke spewing from Kohr's Ice Cream on the boardwalk in Seaside Park.
Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd tells The Star-Ledger the fire spread to adjacent structures around 2:30 p.m.
Boyd says several firefighters and residents are being treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Kohr's is on a boardwalk that was rebuilt following extensive damage from Sandy in October.
Seaside Park is near where a roller coaster that was pushed into the ocean became an enduring image of the storm.