Two days after a six-alarm fire engulfed the boardwalk along Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, leaving at least 50 businesses damaged or destroyed, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has taken up the case. Though it’s common procedure for matters like this to go to the county’s “lead investigative agency,” sources tell ABC News the reason for the review is less standard now that the fire’s origin has been deemed “suspicious.”
Here’s what investigators find troubling:
“It was a midday fire with no bad weather to speak of or obvious cause, there were no injuries, the structure survived the summer season only to burn now and a huge number of firefighters were not around Thursday because the annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention is kicking off today in Atlantic City.”
While speaking about the investigation, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said “nothing had been ruled out yet” and promised “everything will be looked at.” But while officials wait for leftover hot spots to die down, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Al Della Fave is asking locals to assist their probe in the form of videos or photos taken before or during the fire that might help piece the circumstances together.