September 17th, 2013
03:03 PM ET

Boardwalk fire likely caused by wiring problem

An electric wiring problem likely caused the fire this month that damaged a massive swath of New Jersey's boardwalk, which had been freshly rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy wrecked it last October, authorities said Tuesday.

An investigation ruled out human involvement in the fire, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.

A team of investigators agreed that a failure of electrical equipment and wiring under the boardwalk contributed to the blaze. The wiring was installed in 1970 and "compromised by Sandy floodwaters," investigators said.

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  1. Eyeroll

    It started in the ice cream shop, didn't it? At least they have the specs from the rebuilt that they can us to rebuild again quickly.

    September 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    And why did i have to split up all those words just to post that simple question?

    September 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Eyeroll

    It was probably up to code, but the flood waters damaged it. Wiring isn't waterproof.

    September 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emma

    I bet it was Patrick. He is a chef and not an electrician.

    September 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Manny

    When was the last time your wiring was updated in your house, chrissy? Obviously it passed inspection before re-opening, but degenerated since then. Good Lord.

    September 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    6 years ago ya smart alec! But then again my house ISN'T open to the public which makes the inspection and codes very different!!

    September 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    And they SAID it was comprimised by superstorm sandy and rebuilt AFTER the storm therefore it shouldve been inspected BEFORE re~building!

    September 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem not realize how dumb he looks by thinking that someone would communicate with their ex on a blog? Does Roem care that he looks ignorant?

    September 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem not realize that his lack of spelling skills gives him away every time?

    September 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ Dwayne, since cnn felt the need to delete my post while leaving Roem pretending to be dazzle ill say it again, YOU are my new hero! Truly! Plus your name is spelled exactly as my dear departed father 2 years ago thurs so thats an especially good sign! Keep on keepin on!

    September 17, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Oh and the "mountain dew" is a good touch too lmao!

    September 17, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dazzle ©

    Get rid of the fool troll at 9pm. I know how to spell and write, it does not.

    September 18, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |