Published: Sep 13, 2013 12:10 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 13, 2013 12:15 AM EDT

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have finally been able to declare a raging fire under control on a boardwalk along the shore New Jersey shore. Public works crews halted the spread of the fire Thursday night by ripping out boards that had yet to burn.
    
The wind-whipped fire devoured eight blocks of boardwalk - four each in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights - and destroyed dozens of boardwalk businesses and caused millions in damages.
    
The Hail Mary effort to save the remainder of the boardwalk began in the evening when workers ripped out a 25-foot swath of boardwalk to serve as a makeshift fire break, depriving the blaze of fuel. They then filled the void with giant sand piles - makeshift dunes that this time held back not water but fire.

 

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