SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Laura Bee's, a game of chance
that's stood on the Seaside Heights boardwalk for 20 years, was in the
last building to catch fire Thursday, co-owner Robert Brower of Seaside
sat there and watched it the whole time. ... We didn't think it was
going to happen," Brower, 40, said, who owns Laura Bee's with his twin
sister, Laura Brower, "not really realizing the wind was going to
change, and the fire was going to come back and hit our building."
the business, including $50,000 of sports memorabilia prizes they kept
for winning customers, is in ruins. You can see right through it to the
other side, Brower said in disbelief.
had an opportunity to go in there and get it, but who would have
thought," Brower said. "With all the fire personnel there and all the
water, you thought it would have been contained and controlled
immediately. But then the next thing you know ... you just see the embers
flying in the air ... then everything's catching on fire simultaneously.
It was unbelievable ... like something out of a movie."
Gov. Chris Christie toured the fire damaged area Saturday and has promised $15 million in aid to help business owners. Firefighters haven't ruled on a cause of the fire.