The intense 10-alarm fire that devastated the Jersey Shore on Thursday and Friday briefly rekindled this morning. According to the Star-Ledger, "The latest hot spot, which flared up around 4 a.m., is one of two or three that continue to challenge firefighters, who have been at the scene round-the-clock since Thursday, [Ocean County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Al] Della Fave said."

The fire consumed the boardwalk and businesses in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, areas that were badly hit during Hurricane Sandy. While there had been some reports that the fire was suspicious, Della Fave said, "There's still no determination on cause. No one at the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has labeled the fire suspicious. Our only comment is that the investigation continues. There will be no more additional comments or releases, until the investigation is complete."

The fire, which started at 2:30 p.m., was spread in part because of the 30 mph winds and the tar roofs of buildings. It started near Kohr's ice cream, on the boardwalk, and was out of control from nearly the beginning. From the Star-Ledger:

It was just after 4 p.m. Thursday and the Last Stand at Lincoln Avenue was about to begin.

The decision was made to use an excavator to tear up part of the boardwalk and dig a trench to stem the advance of the fire that had already ravaged four blocks of shops, stores and arcades.

“It was the decisive moment,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “That’s where we decided to put all our resources and make our stand. If it had gotten by us on Lincoln Avenue, there’s no telling where it would have stopped.”

About 11 p.m. Thursday, firefighters brought the boardwalk blaze under control at Lincoln, preventing the fire from advancing deep into Seaside Heights.

NJ Governor Chris Christie has promised state aid to help with the rebuilding, and rebuilding the boardwalk might cost $1.75 million. He said, "We will rebuild. We’ll make new memories for our families, because that’s what we do." And Seaside Park's administrator Bob Martucci was weary, after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, "I don’t know. Someone’s testing us. What’s next, the locusts?... The people in the businesses are resilient and the people in this town are, so we’ll be back next season."

Business owners and residents are reeling. One amusement stand owner said, "This was a killer... Everything’s gone."