Seaside Park Police Chief Francis Larkin told WABC this afternoon that workers were hosing down the boardwalk in the rebuilt area ahead of the flames, as well as rides and amusements, to try and keep the fire from spreading.
"After going through Sandy ... now there are blocks and blocks of the boardwalk ablaze, with Kohr's Custard and Three Brothers Pizza, and the historical carousel in Seaside Heights, a block into the Heights, that's compromised as well, it's absolutely, absolutely devastating what's going on right now," Larkin said. "It's just disbelief right now."
Larkin said there were reports of "explosions" heard on the boardwalk that he said could be propane tanks from restaurants on the boardwalk, though Christie later dismissed reports of gas explosions.
Christie cancelled his scheduled events to travel to Seaside.
En route to Seaside now. Pls keep everyone in the surrounding areas, the firefighters & first responders fighting the blaze in ur prayers.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) September 12, 2013
Parts of the famed boardwalk -- home of MTV's "Jersey Shore" and to amusements and restaurants -- were destroyed in the storm but quickly rebuilt in order to open by the summer of 2013.
ABC News' Josh Margolin contributed to this report.