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Flames rage anew in Mantoloking, NJ, barrier island town ravaged by Sandy

Helicopter aerials show an out-of-control blaze burning in Mantoloking, N.J., a community left devastated by Superstorm Sandy. TODAY's Natalie Morales reports.

A section of Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Mantoloking, N.J., was ablaze again Wednesday morning, two days after 14 homes burned in the affluent barrier island enclave.

Video from NBCNewYork.com showed flames possibly fueled by broken natural gas lines raging in the town about 50 miles east of Trenton on Wednesday.


A large cluster of flames could be seen as smaller fires spread out from it, TODAY’s Natalie Morales reported.

Ocean County Emergency Management officials said they believed ruptured natural gas lines caused the flames to rekindle Wednesday.

Impassable roads hindered Bricktown firefighters’ efforts to reach the blazes, NBCNewYork.com reported.

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Morales, who observed the fires from a helicopter early Wednesday, described the area as devastated.

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“What was shoreline and beautiful, waterfront properties were completely pushed back, gone, and covered by sand,” Morales reported.

“This is part of a barrier island; it’s very much cut off,” she said.

Superstorm Sandy made landfall Monday evening on a destructive and deadly path across the Northeast.

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