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NJ boardwalk fire linked to Sandy-damaged wiring

1:31 PM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- Authorities say a massive boardwalk fire in New Jersey was accidental and they have linked it to electrical wiring and equipment they say was compromised by Superstorm Sandy nearly a year ago.
    
The announcement was made Tuesday, five days after the fire destroyed more than 50 boardwalk businesses in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.
    
Investigators say the fire started under a building that housed a candy store and an ice cream stand.
    
They say the fire was the result of a failure of electrical equipment and wiring under the boardwalk and subfloor compromised by Sandy floodwaters.
    
The equipment had been inaccessible since Sandy struck in late October.

USA TODAY

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