Hurricane-hit New Jersey pier burns

AFP-JIJI

A stretch of boardwalk in New Jersey was destroyed by a massive blaze Thursday, nearly a year after the area was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The fire broke out at a frozen custard shop on the Seaside Park boardwalk at 2:30 p.m. and spread rapidly, engulfing dozens of businesses and sending smoke billowing into the sky.

Parts of the boardwalk destroyed by the fire had been rebuilt after being hit by Superstorm Sandy last October. It was not clear what started the fire.