Although officials from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office would not confirm the reports, at least one media outlet is reporting that the fire in Seaside Park will be ruled "accidental."
A report by ABC News, citing two anonymous sources, notes the blaze was "not manmade," and "electrical."
A statement by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, issued at 9:56 p.m. Monday night, meanwhile, reads: "Be advised the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has not made any
announcement regarding the investigative ruling on the fire. The
Prosecutor will release those findings only when finalized, and with all
the investigating task force partners present."
The statement then notes, "media will be advised well in advance of any scheduled press conference," but makes no indication that any press conference had, as of yet, been scheduled. A statement issued earlier this morning, however, notes a press conference has been scheduled for 2 p.m. today.
met privately over the weekend with 30 of the more than 50 business owners who suffered losses
in Thursday's fire, promising an aggressive response to haul away rubble from the
fire and help again rebuild the boardwalk only just replaced after Superstorm
The Thursday afternoon fire claimed between 30 and 50 businesses between the two
towns, including two popular bars and what was left of Funtown Pier
after Superstorm Sandy left it heavily damaged last year.