Search on for owner of wires 1 week after Seaside Park fire

Jersey Central Power & Light says the utility does not own the wires but does not know who does. (9/19/13)

SEASIDE PARK - Today marks one week since a devastating fire ripped through the Seaside Park boardwalk, destroying dozens of businesses that were still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

Faulty and aging electrical lines are being blamed for the blaze, but no one has claimed responsibility for the maintenance of those power lines.

Jersey Central Power & Light sent a team to the scene yesterday. The utility company provides power to the area, but officials say they do not own the wires and don't know who does.

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Officials believe the old wires may have been damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The utility says the fire has sparked concerns about its wires under other boardwalks in shore towns impacted by Sandy.

JCP&L officials say they will be assessing those other areas, including Point Pleasant Beach where a large section of aging boardwalk is about to be replaced.

Gov. Chris Christie is defending his decision to use Sandy funding to rebuild boardwalk businesses after the fire, since the Superstorm was cited as a contributing factor in the fire. The governor says that funding will not come at the expense of programs set up to help homeowners rebuild.

Meanwhile, Christie is deploying another mobile cabinet to help businesses affected by the fire. Residents can get help with recovery information at the Seaside Park Elementary School between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. today.

For an extended look at damage from the Seaside Park fire, visit News 12 Extra on Channel 612.

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