* Storm-hit community faces second tragedy in two days
* Officials say gas lines are fueling the blaze…
A wealthy New Jersey shore town hit hard by Sandy is ablaze again today after fires that destroyed almost every home were re-ignited after a gas explosion.
Firefighters are unable to reach it because the roads are impassable after the storm leading to the grim possibility that Mantoloking will be added to a growing list of towns along the Jersey Shore that have been wiped off the map.
Video from WNBC-TV in New York shows flames shooting up 50ft in the air as fires rage in numerous parts of the town, with some even coming up from within the sand:
Inferno: This footage from Associated Press shows the blaze…
The blaze has consumed several structures in Mantoloking, a small, wealthy community situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.
An official with the Ocean County Emergency Management Office says authorities believe natural gas lines are fueling the flames.
Many homes burned down two days ago when Sandy pounded the town.
Brian Hajeski, 41, of Brick, N.J., reacts after looking at debris of a home that washed up on to the Mantoloking Bridge the morning after superstorm Sandy rolled through, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Mantoloking, N.J. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The official, who would not give his name, says firefighters can’t reach the scene because the bridge that links the area with the nearby town of Brick is out.
Mantoloking was under a mandatory evacuation order ahead of the storm. All 300 residents were ordered to leave by 4pm on Sunday.
Authorities believe a gas main might have exploded and quickly spread across the island, WABC reported
Mantoloking is the wealthiest community in the state of New Jersey and the 15th highest-income place in the U.S.
In the summer, its population soars to 5,000.
Floodwaters surround homes near the Mantoloking Bridge that links Brick and Mantoloking. The area suffered severely when Sandy hit
Thanks to my favorite online news: Daily Mail