Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey ? Four people were killed at an early Friday morning conflagration at a shore motel in Jersey. Most of the motel residents were victims of Superstorm Sandy who were residing there as their former homes were damaged and nearly a year and a half after the storm it had not be rebuilt.
Aside from the fatalities, there were eight other injured from the blaze that started around 5:30 oclock in the morning at the Mariners Cove Motor Inn. This motel is located two blocks away from the beach in this popular summer resort town.
Survivors woke up to chaotic scene of people screaming and surrounded with flames and smoke. Several people were saved after leaping from the second-floor windows down to the ground.
Peter Kuch, a resident, said he woke up from the smoke and after opening his door, he saw that the lounge area was burning. He called? 911 immediately and after the call; his door was inflame the windows of his second-floor unit were engulfed? in fire.
He decided to jump from a burning window that he was able to crack open. Although, he suffered a sprained ankle but said he was otherwise fine.
One of the Sandy victims was Joe Frystock who was staying at the motel seeking low-cost rentals during the slow winter season. His home in the nearby Brick Twp. was destroyed by Sandy and the motel was the latest in a series of temporary homes for him.
Frystock, a diabetic, woke up to popping sounds he initially mistook as gunfire. It was the sound of timbers burning upstairs and he saw people were yelling and screaming. The entire second floor was engulfed in flames. Frystock said he and some other residents were pounded on doors and windows to arouse the occupants.
Residents accounts were conflicting whether they heard smoke detectors or fire alarms sounding.
Officials reported that four?persons have been found dead after the fire and that all remains were found on the second floor at the western end of the motel.
The Ocean County Prosecutors Office enumerated eight injured victims. Several sustained serious burn injuries. Five were transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center and one of them was transferred to Barnabas Burn Center. Two other victims were transported to Brick Hospital and the 8th victim?was taken to?Meridian Urgent Care Center in?Neptune.
Authorities said that they have yet to send out family notifications for the deceased had not yet been positively identified.
Responding to the scene and assisting in the probe was the Fire Department Technical Rescue Team of Toms River which is a part of the New Jersey State Police Urban Search and Rescue Team.
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