At Least Three Dead in New Jersey Motel Fire
About the Fatal Motel Fire
According to Fox News, the Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant, NJ was the scene of a deadly fire early Friday morning. The two-story wooden building caught fire around 5:30 a.m., killing three and injuring eight.
Search and rescue efforts are still undergoing as at least 10 people registered to the motel are still missing. Officials say that efforts won’t cease until all 40 occupants have been accounted.
Some occupants trapped by the fire jumped from second-story windows to escape the flames. One woman sought shelter in the shower of her room while waiting for fire rescuers. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for burn injuries. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department also confirmed that one of the injured was a detective, who sustained a serious leg injury while investigating the fire.
The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time. Several of the Mariner’s Cove occupants were using the motel as temporary housing after last year’s Sandy Hook disaster. Others work in the local fishing industry or as building contractors.
Motel and Hotel Fire Statistics
- 15 deaths
- 150 injuries
- $76 million in property loss
The USFA says that half of all motel and hotel fires are considered “small, contained” fires. It also reports motel and hotel fires to be ”more prevalent in the cooler months due to increases in heating fires.”