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September 13th, 2013
05:53 AM ET

Iconic NJ Boardwalk Engulfed In Flames

One year after residents in a Jersey Shore community faced the decimation of their neighborhood by Superstorm Sandy, a massive fire causes another devastating scene.  CNN's Don Lemon reports.

A massive fire that started small, as amateur video shows it erupting at an ice cream stand around 2pm, swelled with the wind Thursday.

In Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, New Jersey, many businesses are damaged or destroyed and many lives upended with six blocks of boardwalk gone.

Christine Hemingway, an employee at Kohr's Frozen Custard Shop, escaped the fire but says, "My manager came in the stand and told me to get out because there was smoke coming up through the boardwalk. We ran away and turned around again and there were just flames coming out of the building."

Hundreds of firefighters eventually containing the fire by building a 20-foot wide trench.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said, "I said to my staff I feel like I want to throw up."

While repairs to the boardwalk after the massive storm Sandy let the attraction be open for the summer season in May, the state's resolve will be tested once again now.

Christie:  "And listen, this is us. So as soon as this is over, we'll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and we'll get back to work."

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