SEASIDE PARK (PIX11) – Three police officers who responded to the devastating Seaside Park boardwalk blaze were injured Friday morning when they fell out of a moving truck. The accident happened at 9:45 Friday morning. The three officers have been hospitalized — two with head injuries.
“We understand that they were riding one of the higher (transport) vehicles, and for some reason they fell out,” Christie said during a morning press conference. ” They’ve been taken to a trauma unit.”
The officers had been working an overnight shift battling the blaze, which has been 95 percent contained but destroyed dozens of shops that had been rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy.
It required a massive effort to put out the fire, including 400 firefighters on the ground from 35 different engine companies. Some 100 firefighters were still on the scene Friday, working to stamp out the remaining hot spots of the massive blaze, which, according to Gov. Christie, is now 95% contained.
Christie added that it would be “irresponsible” to speculate on the cause of the fire, and urged the media to “let the fire investigation team do their job.”
The investigation is headed by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in collaboration with the Ocean County Sheriff and Fire Marshal, the State Police Arson Bomb Unit, the New Jersey State Fire Marshal, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In the meantime, residents are still reeling from the destructive fire, which tore through six blocks and impacted 20 businesses and the boardwalk. Christie called New Jersey residents “tough” and vowed to stand with Seaside Park residents as they began the recovery from a second major disaster in two years.
“We have endured and begun to come back from the devastation of Sandy,” Christie said. “We will not let these fires destroy those efforts.”