Fire officials have determined the cause of the fires that destroyed more than 120 homes in Breezy Point during Hurricane Sandy.
Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said rising sea water made its way into electrical systems at a home at 173 Ocean Avenue.
First responders were unable to access the area because of severe flooding from the storm surge, allowing the fire to grow and burn for several hours.
Strong winds also helped it spread faster.
The fire burned for about 10 hours. It was put out after the storm at around 6:30 a.m.
One hundred and twenty-six homes were destroyed and 22 others were damaged.