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While under control at this point, the fire affected around twenty businesses in the area, destroying many of them. A strong wind helped the fire spread so quickly, and firefighters had to cut through the boardwalk to create a trench to stop it from moving further. The above photo of the famous Funtown Pier structure was eventually engulfed and totally destroyed.
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Our thoughts go out to those in the area who are again suffering from tragedy. Probably the only good news to report is that no one appears to have been seriously hurt in the blaze.