NATION -- September 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM ET
Compromised wiring to blame for Jersey Shore fire
An investigation into last week's fire along the New Jersey Shore boardwalk has determined it was accidental.
It's possible that the wire -- because of its age alone -- could have created this fire. But we also know that not only is age involved. We also know there was a storm, and it's very clear that water and sand affected this particular area of the boardwalk.
More than 50 businesses in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights were destroyed -- including many that had only just been repaired after last year's Superstorm Sandy. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said the fire was caused by old wiring that had been fully submerged in water during the storm.