SEASIDE PARK — A raging fire that apparently began inside an ice cream store in Seaside Park has spread to at least 19 other buildings along the popular boardwalk on the Jersey Shore, and evacuations are being ordered for more than six blocks to the north, authorities said.
The blaze began about 2:15 p.m. at Kohr's Ice Cream near the boardwalk — not far from where Hurricane Sandy destroyed a large part of the Seaside Heights boardwalk last fall. The fire was fueled by a strong southeast wind and jumped to adjacent structures around 2:30 p.m., according to Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd.
Firefighters are battling the blaze as black smoke continues to pour out of the popular dessert shop and other structures, as seen in a video posted by the Jersey Shore Hurricane News on Facebook.
The winds are making it difficult for firefighters on scene to knock down the massive fire, according to Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
As of 4:30 p.m., firefighters were ordered to pull back because of the intensity of the flames.