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History Shows Seaside Boardwalk Has Proven Resilience [VIDEO]

The wounds from Superstorm Sandy were barely healed in Seaside as the town recovered from the storm’s devastation, when a huge fire raged through the boardwalk last night and engulfed over 30 businesses. The fire is now under control and now the healing will have to begin once again. But if history has proven anything, it is that Seaside has proven its resilience and it will bounce back. Years before Superstorm Sandy ever slammed into Seaside and the Jersey Shore, a fire raged through a similar 3-block stretch of the Seaside boardwalk on June 1st, 1955. Back at that time, winds in excess of 50mph, fanned the flames and made it difficult for local firefighters to control the fire.

The damage at that time was estimated to be anywhere from $1 to $3.5 million. But almost immediately, before the fires were even fully extinguished, discussions began about rebuilding.

You can read the entire article from 1955 in the 2 links provided below:

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Here is video footage of the fire that burned back in June of 1955:

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To learn more or for a complete history of the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Dept Museum, visit their website.

As the outpouring of emotions flow for Seaside, Lucky Leo’s put a heartwarming message on their Facebook page, thanking the firefighters for their work:

Lucky Leo's Facebook Message to Seaside Fire Dept.


If we use history as our guide, it shows that Seaside has dealt with tragedy in the past and found a way to recover. That will no doubt be the case once again for the iconic shore town in 2013.

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