Americana lost: Boardwalk blaze likely started in ice cream shop from the 1920′s

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Seaside Park, NEW JERSEY (PIX11) – The Kohrs Brothers started their custard business not in Seaside but rather on the boardwalk of Coney Island back in 1919.

But here in Seaside Park and along the rest of the Jersey Shore, is where they were crowned the kings of custard.

“They are a legend, it’s like in Coney Island, it’s like the hotdog place in Coney Island,” said Michael Graichen, who works for Seaside Park Special Events.

Generations of families shared the traditional cones while strolling along the boardwalk on hot summer nights. A perfectly spun cone paired perfectly with a spin on the iconic merry-go-round.

“My daughter Was on the carousel when she was six months old now she’s 43. So it just goes to show you that this was the place to be,” said Seaside Park resident Anna Morrison.

Like many of the boardwalk businesses, Kohr Brothers was hit hard by Sandy.The few remaining stands on the Seaside Park boardwalk melted by the fire like custard on a hot summer night.Seaside Park

“It’s devastating my son said something last night, he said you know bit by bit my childhood is disappearing,” Linda LaCugna said.

Friday the Kohr family issued this statement:

“What can we say? Our hearts are broken. Kohr’s Frozen Custard lost all four stands to yesterday’s fire. Not only did we witness our business being taken from us, right before our eyes, we also witnessed our family’s history go up in smoke. Our hearts go out to all our neighbors, friends, and family that had to witness the same. Thankfully no lives were lost and nobody suffered serious injury. Thank you to the firefighters that fought tirelessly to save what they could. Finally, thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, condolences, and well wishes. Sincerely, Bruce and Nancy Kohr.”

Some of the people living here in Seaside Park say because this portion of the boardwalk was still standing, the devastation never hit them like it did people in other communities.Now after this fire, they say the stability they found in the boardwalk is gone.And even if they rebuild, they say it will never be the same.