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Fourth Person Found Dead in Destroyed Point Beach Motel

Investigation into cause of fire has now started, officials say.

Video and photo from My9
Video and photo from My9
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.
FIMF the ll March 23, 2014 at 09:50 PM
White Anglo Saxon Taker
Crystal Criispii Wardell March 30, 2014 at 05:30 PM
First of all whoever wm u really have fuckin issues. Yea I have a criminal Record I made mistakes in my past who the fuck hasn't but unless you know the hole truth about everything that's "googleable" you shouldn't open your mouth. I have since then graduated nursing school have 16 months sober from alcohol and weed MY DRUGS OF CHOICE and was getting back on my feet everyone in that motel paid there own rent not living off of any one and until u experience the hell and fear of waking up to a scene like that who are you to say anything. People lost their lives others lost everything they owned. U know people like you makr me sick maybe we should google you cause im pretty sure u got some dirt on you to. Smh this past week has been one of the toughest I have ever had to go through waking up with child sweats screaming nightmares hearing the blood curdling screams of those trapped . I truly hope karma comes and slaps you in the face . You know what god don't like ugly and u sir are one ugly soul RIP to those lost and to the rest of us that survived KEEP YOUR HEADS UP WERE HERE FOR A REASON AND BLESSINGS ARE COMING OUR WAY! !!
FIMF the ll March 30, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Crystal, I don't object to your slapping WMS around or even a lot of what you say, but it is hard to take you seriously with that gutter mouth.
Ashe H March 30, 2014 at 09:20 PM
How can you not take her seriously when she is a victim and witnessed this hell first hand. Really now?
FIMF the ll March 30, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Because profanity is a weak expression of the mind.

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