SEASIDE PARK, N.J. -- Recordings of 911 calls show citizens frantically tried to extinguish the fire that destroyed more than 50 businesses on a New Jersey boardwalk.

The recordings were obtained by WNBC-TV in New York.

A caller tells a police dispatcher that people have a hose on the fire, but "it's going from nothing to something."

Another caller said smoke was rising out of the Seaside Park boardwalk and "everybody's like trying to throw water on it."

Dispatchers told callers that firefighters were on the way and warned the callers to stay away from the fire.

Wind-whipped flames spread the blaze along the boards to Seaside Heights on Sept. 12.

Officials blamed the cause on old wiring that had been compromised by saltwater and sand during Superstorm Sandy.

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  • Chris Christie

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses the media near the area hit by a massive fire on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • CORRECTS LOCATION TO SEASIDE HEIGHTS INSTEAD OF SEASIDE PARK - In this aerial image taken from video and provided by Fox 29, firefighters battle a raging fire on boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The fire apparently started in an ice cream shop then spread several blocks down a New Jersey shore boardwalk that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/Fox 29) NO SALES

  • Women rest on bicycles Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, while stopping to catch a glimpse of the area hit by a fire that burned a large portion of the boardwalk, a day earlier in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • CORRECTS LOCATION TO SEASIDE HEIGHTS INSTEAD OF SEASIDE PARK - In this aerial image taken from video and provided by Fox 29, firefighters battle a raging fire on boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The fire apparently started in an ice cream shop then spread several blocks down a New Jersey shore boardwalk that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/Fox 29) NO SALES

  • CORRECTS LOCATION TO SEASIDE HEIGHTS INSTEAD OF SEASIDE PARK - This frame grab from video provided by Fox 29 shows a raging fire in Seaside Heights, N.J. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The fire apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks down the New Jersey shore boardwalk that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy (AP Photo/Fox 29) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • A police officer walks near the remains of the burned-down Funtown Pier on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Seaside Park, N.J., the morning after a fire burned a large portion of the boardwalk. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Smoke rises from the Funtown Pier Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Seaside Park, N.J., the morning after a fire burned a large portion of the boardwalk. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Fire officials arrange a hose onto a pick-up truck as smoke rises from the Funtown Pier Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Seaside Park, N.J., the morning after a fire burned a large portion of the boardwalk. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • People sit on the steps of a home near the Seaside Park boardwalk, where earlier in the day a massive fire engulfed businesses on the boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started near an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • A bird walks on the beach as smoke rises from the Funtown Pier Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Seaside Park, N.J., the morning after a fire burned a large portion of the boardwalk. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Julian Burr, Douglas Burr

    Julian Burr, left, walks with his nephew Douglas Burr on their way to an early-morning surf trip as smoke rises from the Funtown Pier in the distance on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Seaside Park, N.J., the morning after a fire burned a large portion of the boardwalk. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Chris Christie, Bill Kramer, Craig Augustoni

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, talks to state fire marshal Bill Kramer, center, and shore regional fire coordinator Craig Augustoni during a visit to the area hit by a massive fire at the Seaside Park boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Ocean County fire coordinator Brian Gabriel addresses the media near the site of a massive fire at Seaside Park boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in the area of an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Firefighters use flashlights while checking an area where they fought off flames during a massive fire at the Seaside Park boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • A firefighter climbs down a ladder as debris left behind by a massive fire are rest on the side of the street at the Seaside Park boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Firefighters use a hose to put out flames during a massive fire at the Seaside Park boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Nicholas Wey, Peter Irler

    Nicholas Wey, 18, left, and his best friend Peter Irler, 18, both from Toms River, N.J., stand on the beach while looking at a fire that burns a large portion of the Seaside Park boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in the area of an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Firefighters use flashlights while checking an area where they fought off flames during a massive fire at the Seaside Park boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • A woman puts her hand over her face as she sits on a cooler in an area for first responders working a massive fire at the Seaside Park boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Chris Christie

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses the media near the area hit by a massive fire on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • A firefighter saws through a metal wall on a building while battling a fire at the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Chris Christie, Bill Kramer, Craig Augustoni

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, talks to state fire marshal Bill Kramer, center, and shore regional fire coordinator Craig Augustoni during a visit to the area hit by a massive fire at the Seaside Park boardwalk, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire, which apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks, hit the recently repaired boardwalk, which was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. There were no other early reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Firefighters battle a raging fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. that apparently started in an ice cream shop and has spread several blocks to neighboring Seaside Heights, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The boardwalk was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Kristi Funderburk) MANDATORY CREDIT: PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER; NO SALES

  • Firefighters battle a blaze in a building at the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • This image from aerial video shows a raging fire in Seaside Park, N.J. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/ABC)

  • This image from aerial video shows a raging fire in Seaside Park, N.J. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights. (AP Photo/ABC)

  • Onlookers watch from the shore as black smoke rises from a fire on the Seaside Heights, N.J. boardwalk Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop and burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in a town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Bob Bielk) NO SALES

  • Firefighters battle a fire on the Seaside Heights, N.J. boardwalk Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop and burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in a town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Bob Bielk) NO SALES

  • Firefighters battle a raging fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. that apparently started in an ice cream shop and has spread several blocks down, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The boardwalk was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Erik Larsen) MANDATORY CREDIT: PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER; NO SALES

  • An official speaks to media as firefighters battle a raging fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. that apparently started in an ice cream shop and has spread several blocks down, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The boardwalk was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Erik Larsen) MANDATORY CREDIT: PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER; NO SALES

  • Smoke rises in the distance as firefighters battle a raging fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. that apparently started in an ice cream shop and has spread several blocks down, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The boardwalk was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Erik Larsen) MANDATORY CREDIT: PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER; NO SALES

  • Billowing black smoke rises as firefighters battle a raging fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. that apparently started in an ice cream shop and has spread several blocks down, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The boardwalk was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Erik Larsen) MANDATORY CREDIT: PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER; NO SALES

  • Firefighters battle a raging fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. that apparently started in an ice cream shop and has spread several blocks down, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The boardwalk was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and was being repaired. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Erik Larsen) MANDATORY CREDIT: PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER; NO SALES