POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Four people were killed in an early morning fire Friday at a Jersey Shore motel where some victims of Superstorm Sandy had been staying.
Eight others were also hurt in the blaze, which broke out around 5:30 a.m. at the 25-unit Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach. The two-story wood structure was engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived.
“I woke up to a lady screaming at 5:30 in the morning. I thought it was a domestic. I opened up the blackout shades,” motel guest Lloyd Barker told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.
“It was just everywhere, you couldn’t see anything, the smoke was everywhere. I went to my grandfather’s room right next door to us and the flames were coming down in our face,” said Crystal Wardell.
Officials said earlier that 10 people were unaccounted for but they’ve all since been located.
Fire companies ran hoses to the nearby inlet as they struggled to put enough water on the fire.
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“Responding units quickly were able to put the fire out and get it under control, but it had spread very quickly causing an extreme amount of damage,” Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Al Della Fave told 1010 WINS.