In a heartbreaking turn of events, seven blocks of the New Jersey Shore boardwalk that was rebuilt following Hurricane Sandy was destroyed by a massive fire yesterday.

The ten-alarm blaze tore through Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, commanding the attention of 500 firefighters. It began around 2:15 p.m. at Kohr's Custard Shop, and roofs made of flammable tar and 30 mile per hour winds helped the flames spread quickly. Firefirghters managed to control the fire by 9 p.m. last night, yet it still managed to destroy 50 stores and 20 feet of the boardwalk had to be removed to combat the flames. Sadly, a number of the stores damaged were the same businesses desecrated by Hurricane Sandy last fall.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was distraught when he addressed the fire at a press conference yesterday. "I feel like I want to throw up," he said. "After all the effort and time and resources that we put in to help the folks in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights rebuild, to see this going just unthinkable."

[via Gawker and]