Sep 12, 2013 4:46 PM by NBC News
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) - A raging fire that apparently started in an ice cream shop has spread several blocks down a New Jersey shore boardwalk that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired.
Television footage showed flames and thick black smoke billowing from a long stretch of the boardwalk Thursday in Seaside Park.
Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said tar roofs and stiff winds were fanning the flames. He said a section of boardwalk was being removed to create a fire line to keep the blaze from spreading.
He said the fire created embers the size of a fist.
The fire is believed to have started in a Kohr's custard shop.
Authorities say several firefighters and residents were being treated for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.