A security team patrolling the fire zone in Seaside Park early Sunday
morning discovered a flare up fire in a debris pile at the southern
end of the boardwalk directly behind the Sawmill Bar, officials said.
flames, observed around 2:20 a.m., was extinguished by 3 a.m. when
authorities were able to clear the scene, said Al Della Fave, spokesman
for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
"Security/Traffic details are covering the fire zone around the clock until 6 p.m.
on Monday, at which time emergency management officials will convene to reassess
if future operations are necessary," said Della Fave, in an e-mail.
security teams are being staffed by members of the Seaside Heights and
Seaside Park police departments, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office,
County Sheriff's Department, and New Jersey State Police.
the investigation into the cause of the fire will continue through
Sunday. Della Fave said he does not expect any announcements on the
outcome of the investigation to be made Sunday.