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Fourth Person Found Dead in Destroyed Point Beach Motel

Investigation into cause of fire has now started, officials say

Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
Investigators have found a fourth deceased victim in the rubble of the Mariners Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, which was destroyed in a fire early Friday morning.

Like the three fire victims who died earlier Friday, the fourth was also a male, said Al Della Fave of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

No positive identifications have been made and no next of kin notifications have been made for any of the victims, said Al Della Fave of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Della Fave said the Toms River Fire Department Technical Rescue Team, which is part of the New Jersey State Police Urban Search and Rescue Team, are on site and assisting in the investigative effort.

The federal Burearu of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is also on site along with members of the NJ State Police Arson Unit and Ocean County Arson Task Force, Della Fave said.

"Investigative efforts have commenced to determine the origin and cause of the fire," Della Fave said.

Authorities will not be releasing any investigative findings on Friday, he said.

The fire, which was the subject of more than 15 calls to 911 at about 5:33 a.m.,  collapsed the roof of the motel where about 40 people were staying, authorities have said. The blaze was brought under control at 7:04 a.m.

In addition to the four people who died, eight were taken to hospitals, including one to the St. Barnabas Hospital burn center in Livingston.
Not So Dumb March 22, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Now we have arson to blame from LF, Have you been down there investigating, are you the OC Fire Marshall. Nobody has come close to even uttering the word arson. @Ricky, tell us who is corrupt name the names, how do you know anyone is corrupt. If you can't stand up for what's right then you're just a guilty and anyone. Where's your solutions to specific problems? Now's your time to shine show us you know the local problems and what you would do to fix them. I love you idiots your bitch and NEVER went to a town meeting, or a planning board, or a zoning board meeting. Yet you bitch and call others names when you get called on to produce real facts. You can only blame yourself if you don't take advantage and change your community.
educatedsmallbizowner March 23, 2014 at 03:20 AM
I have been reading so many articles and commentaries not only here on the patch but many other venues regarding this tragedy. In my opinion this has really exposed many issues our politicians avoid. Everything from the immigration and national security. To the rights and responsibilities of all American citizens. I am not sure of any of the answers myself but as an ordinary citizen born and raised in America I fear for my and many other american children whom will be "forced" outright or subversively to live a very different life than I and many like you here on the "patch".
grace March 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM
@ educatedmallbiz its seems to me after reading all these posts and others that i cant trust anyone anymore and that is sad
Av March 23, 2014 at 07:44 PM
I saw a sign at no parking camel zone @ 7-11 today

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