09/18/13 130 W - + 1 - 2 Seaside Heights Boardwalk Fire Footage, 1955

This video was surfaced last week by Statter911. Compare this film footage with what you watched of last week's Seaside Heights fire. What a difference a half-century makes, and, yet, doesn't. Wind looks stronger, or much stronger. What's that, gale force at times? (Yes, they were 50 mph winds!) Minimal fire apparatus and what looks like a handful of hose streams. Curious camera operation. The thing never stops moving! This NBC10 story recounts the blaze of June 9, 1955. The fire destroyed three blocks of the Seaside Heights boardalk. Eighty-five buildings were lost and with an estimated $4 million in damages. Here are some more links about the fire from the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company Museum. (And a neat site itself!) Google for more historical perspectives.

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