NEW JERSEY -- Wood boardwalks in two New Jersey communities -- Seaside Park and Seaside Heights -- were burned in a devastating fire destroying nearly 80 percent of the rebuilt wood structures damaged last year by Hurricane Sandy.

The Seaside Heights wood boardwalk was installed earlier this year by Millstone, NJ-based general contractors Sidd & Associates. Nearly, 28,000 planks and 3,000 pilings were used by the company, which worked with distributors and hardware companies from across the country.

The rebuilding project was estimated at $7 million dollars with nearly 75 percent covered by FEMA, according to NBC10 Philadelphia.

he Seaside Heights wood boardwalk was installed earlier this year by NJ-based Sidd & Associates.

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The boardwalk fire started in an ice cream shop on the Seaside Park pier. Strong winds quickly whipped the flames through the buildings, destroying all of the businesses on that section of the boardwalk, including the famous Funtown pier, before spreading to the neighboring town of Seaside Heights.

The wood boardwalk was a conduit for the fire, according to local officials, as flames spread under its boards and embers flew through the air landing on nearby wood buildings.

In a largely successful move to halt the fire from spreading northward, Seaside Heights officials decided to dig up more than 20-feet of the boardwalk, installed less than five months ago, and build sand dunes to block its path.

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