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No Autopsy Reports, Victim IDs Sunday In Point Beach Fatal Motel Fire

APP: The American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter is assisting 27 people from the Mariner’s Cove fire, providing food, clothing, lodging, replacement medications, comfort kits and mental health assistance

Photo courtesy of My9; Video courtesy of APP
Photo courtesy of My9; Video courtesy of APP
No announcements will be made Sunday regarding autopsies or identities of the deceased as investigators continue their work to isolate the origin and cause of the fatal Point Pleasant Beach motel fire.

The Medical Examiners Office believes it's necessary to utilize DNA and other "more intensive methods" to produce definitive identifications, according to Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

"The ME advises this may be complete early this coming week," Della Fave 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.

The American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter is assisting 27 people from the Mariner’s Cove fire, providing food, clothing, lodging, replacement medications, comfort kits and mental health assistance, if needed, according to The Asbury Park Press.

Tyisha Thomas, 35, had been living in the motel for about a month with her boyfriend and three children, after her former landlord did not renew the lease of the house they were living in, saying: “Right now, we’re trying to take it one day at a time ... They put us up in a (motel) room for a couple of days, but after that I don’t know what me and my family are going to do or where we go from here,” according to The Asbury Park Press.


Heywood March 23, 2014 at 01:15 PM
I'm always intrigued by people like Michele, who are so overcome with grief they can't bear any discussion about the tragedy. You said, "If you don't like the government then change it, but not here." Why not here? This is a news site which is set up for discussion and exchange of views. My biggest concern is to avoid things like this in the future. Maybe we need to retrofit these older motels with more up to date fire protection. It seems this building went up pretty quickly, I'll be interested to see the Fire Marshal's report.
Mr. Happy March 23, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Sounds like "Educated" received his education from the Klan. As to the Ocean County Prosecutor botching the investigation where the child died, that case was transferred to Atlantic County precisely to avoid the the conflict that un - educated alleges.
educatedsmallbizowner March 23, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Sorry Happy not part of the "klan". Just a tired tax payer whom is not part of the political round table of Ocean County but saw it closer than most. The case of the child killed was transferred because the parents of the kid that was killed got a good lawyer and new what had to be done to get the case out of ocean county to get justice. lastly, people died and were severely injured here in this point tragedy and if it were your family members i hope that you would want me putting my two cents in.... Oh and "FTR" one of the victims family members know I am doing this and called and thanked me 4 times....
FIMF the ll March 23, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Just another reason that I am relieved to not be a family member.
Crystal Criispii Wardell March 30, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Well I was a victim and it was tragic and even worse that the owner of the motel who owns 4 others in the area is avoiding calls and has not even stepped up to offer rooms at his other motels for those that survived and lost everything. We paid cash every Week to his establishment and now because of his negligence to install working smoke alarms fire detectors or even for e extinguishers at that 4 people lost their lives and others lost everything they owned.

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