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    Firefighters battle a raging fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. that apparently started in an ice cream shop and has spread several blocks down, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The boardwalk was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Erik Larsen) MANDATORY CREDIT: PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER; NO SALES

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    Firefighters battle a raging fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. that apparently started in an ice cream shop and has spread several blocks down, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The boardwalk was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Kristi Funderburk) MANDATORY CREDIT: PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER; NO SALES

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  • Boardwalk-Fire

    FILE - This Oct. 31, 2012 file aerial photo shows the damage to an amusement park in Seaside Heights, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy. A massive fire raging for hours Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, burned several blocks of a boardwalk and businesses in Seaside Heights, N.J. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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    The fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop and burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in a town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

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    CORRECTS LOCATION TO SEASIDE HEIGHTS INSTEAD OF SEASIDE PARK - In this image taken from video and provided by Fox 29, flames engulf a building on the boardwalk in the resort community of Seaside Heights, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The massive fire burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses along the popular stretch of boardwalk, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/Fox 29) NO SALES

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The fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop and burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in a town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

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SEASIDE PARK, N.J. — A last-ditch effort to halt the spread of a massive Jersey shore boardwalk fire seems to be working after a stretch of the newly rebuilt walkway was ripped out as a makeshift fire break.

Public works crews in Seaside Heights took out a 25-foot section of boardwalk and filled the breach with towering sand dunes this evening. They aimed halt the northward march of flames from a wind-whipped fire that destroyed dozens of businesses.

Seaside Park Mayor Robert Matthies says the fire break appears to have prevented the blaze from spreading for two hours. The walkway was only recently rebuilt from Superstorm Sandy.

The fire is still out of control but flames appear to have lessened a bit as 400 firefighters battle it.

No serious injuries have been reported.

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