Now, three weeks after a fire left nearly of third of the towns' boardwalk businesses in ruins, Seaside Heights and Park are still busy putting the pieces back together.
The video from Thomas P. Costello from The Asbury Park Press shows how the beach landscape has changed now that the debris has been cleaned up.
Fueled by high winds, the fire, which began at Kohr’s Ice Cream on the Seaside Park end of the boardwalk in September, was “a worst-case scenario,” according to fire officials.
"It looks like a war zone," Brian Gabriel, the Ocean County Chief Fire Coordinator, said at the time, describing severe damage along the recently rebuilt Seaside Heights and Seaside Park boardwalks.
Officials from the two towns said they were devastated by the fire.
Flames consumed the iconic Funtown Pier log flume house by Thursday afternoon, and continued to burn through businesses and the boardwalk, pushed by winds that drove it north toward the Seaside Heights boardwalk.
Nearly every town in Ocean County was contributing to the firefighting effort, and in turn, firefighters from Union to Cape May counties were being called in for mutual aid to staff local stations, according to Al Della Fave, spokesperson for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
Despite the size of the blaze and the number of firefighters called in, there were only a handful of injuries, according to Gabriel, with several firefighters also being treated for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.