CATASTROPHE: Blitzkrieg in Jersey

New Jersey got a taste of Blitzkrieg this week. A fortnight of hot, unseasonable weather had dried underbrush to tinder. Suddenly, on the wings of a southwest wind, fire literally exploded through pine-thick Ocean County. People fled from their houses as the fiery storm rolled over, returned to find houses and barns turned into blackened shells. In and around Lakewood, nearly 100 houses were destroyed. Through thousands of acres of prime woodland the holocaust swept.

At the height of the blaze a voice from Lakewood's Paul Kimball Hospital reported over the telephone:...

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