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Sep 12, 2013 4:46 PM by NBC News

Fire rages along NJ boardwalk damaged by Sandy

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.

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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.

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