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Point Beach Fatal Fire: Victim Identification, Autopsies 'A Priority' On Saturday

All four fire victims who died earlier Friday were men; the motel was housing displaced survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Photo: Daniel Nee
Photo: Daniel Nee
Investigators focused on victim identification and autopsies Saturday as they sorted through the remains of a Point Pleasant Beach motel fire that killed four people.

Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, said there will be no press conference Saturday, and none expected for Sunday as the investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

"Victim identification is a priority as well.  The medical examiner will be conducting autopsies today," he said.

All four fire victims who died earlier Friday were men, said Della Fave. The motel was housing displaced survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

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, were on site and assisting in the investigative effort. 

The federal Bureau 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.

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.
rros071095 March 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Of coarse that's how you deal with things. Get drunk & meet in the back of a bar. Your a great American. Where is your family from. Try to remember they were immigrants @ one point. Embrace your illegal alien blood
Mr. Happy March 23, 2014 at 10:46 AM
The ATF is also known as ATFE. The E stands for explosives and that is the angle they will be looking at most likely. Also, the Mayor has no control over the investigation, hence he has no authority or reason to give press conferences. Hope this clarifies things.
Dame Bridgid March 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM
News outlets are now reporting the rooms nearest to the 2nd floor smoking lounge were the most heavily damaged. Careless smoking might have been a factor in this blaze. Please. Take it outside the dwelling to smoke, it's safer. RIP to the victims & their families. Jumping in the shower & turning on the water was an intelligent thing for that one survivor to do. The firefighters said it kept her alive until they could get to her. I sincerely hope the young woman heals quickly & completely. She has been given a second chance at life...I pray that it will be a blessed one henceforth.
Rick Ricky March 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM
@Not So Dumb, King Vinny or any other Mayor placed in is NOT stoping the corruption in PPB. It runs to deep. It is there to stay. The community likes it that way.
Av March 23, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Rros: I offered you a free drink and discussion, I'm a irac vet you ass! My family came thru Ellis island. Don't tell me!! If you wanna defend a dirty camel jockey, your IQ must be room tempature. Maybe you should go pump gas


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