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Fire Investigators Convene As Probe Into Deadly Point Beach Fire Continues

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Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato will be meeting with the fire investigators Monday as authorities continue to probe the cause of a Point Pleasant Beach motel fire that killed four people Friday.

A spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said he will communicate through e-mail or a possible press conference depending on the significance of the information.

The raging motel blaze that left four people dead and eight others injured in Point Pleasant on Friday morning may have been caused by careless smoking, sources familiar with the investigation told The Star-Ledger this weekend.

Investigators do not believe the fire that consumed the Mariner's Cove Inn, a two-story structure that was home to several residents who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy, was started intentionally, according to the Star-Ledger sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.

Survivors, meanwhile, anxiously awaited news about people who were staying at the hotel, but haven't contacted anybody since the fire.

Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, declined to discuss the functionality of sprinklers at the fire, saying it's part of the investigation.

Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella referred comment on the matter to the prosecutor's office.

FIMF the ll March 24, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Pure delirium: "I'm sure most people have received whatever insurance/grants they're entitled to"
Av March 24, 2014 at 02:50 PM
The owners should have had their camels pee on the fire
Heywood March 24, 2014 at 03:04 PM
I agree with Heywood, it's time for people to move on and try to get on with their lives. I think many of these "victims' were so even before the storm.
FIMF the ll March 24, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Tom Davis reported on Patch yesterday:"Barrella could not recall early Sunday whether Point Pleasant Beach requires them in a place like the Mariners Cover Inn." This article states: "Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, declined to discuss the functionality of sprinklers at the fire, saying it's part of the investigation. Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella referred comment on the matter to the prosecutor's office." I wonder if the Mayor could recall the phone number of the Fire Inspector? Or, maybe he did.
educatedsmallbizowner March 24, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Not complaining at all about the people that were staying at the Motel. Many are there for reasons none of us will ever understand. That said was this location and facility the best choice and what are the real as in underlying reasons they were there. To get the best solutions as to make sure this never happens again we need to get at the root of the problem as to not let history repeat itself... Again do not be naive the roots are a lot deeper then many want to admit to... I pray these people have great non ocean county lawyers representing them so we can protect those that are in need of protection the most....

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