OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Smoke could be seen for miles for most of the afternoon as firefighters battled a massive fire at the Ocean Grove boardwalk pavilion, according to officials.
Dozens of fires trucks from towns in Monmouth and Ocean counties were called to respond to the blaze, which was reported at about 11:30 a.m. on April 13 and brought under control in the late afternoon, leaving only the charred remains of the landmark structure that was rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy. As of 1 a.m. today, fire crews were still at the scene dousing the pavilion's burned-out shell.
The fire began in a restaurant, reported to be the Dunes Café, causing a roof to collapse and destruction to parts of the boardwalk, according to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.
None of the businesses in the beachfront pavilion were opened at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported, officials said. The fire remains under investigation.