A deadly fire took the lives of three people and critically injured at least three more, when a New Jersey hotel burst into flames.
Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn at Point Pleasant Beach, suddenly caught fire early this morning and had firefighters struggling to control the flames.
The Jersey shore hotel was completely destroyed by the blaze and upon entering the building firefighters discovered the bodies of three guests that couldn’t escape the inferno.
Firefighters and officials are still sifting through the rubble to see if anyone else staying at the hotel is unaccounted for.
Some of the guests were able to escape the flames and scramble to safety, but they suffered severe burns. The injured guests were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center to be treated for burns.
The fire spread so quickly some of the guests had to jump from a second floor window to get to safety. Witnesses nearby reported that the hotel was engulfed in flames in less than 5 minutes.
The New Jersey Hotel is only of few blocks from the beach and most of its guests work in the fishing industry or are building contractors in the area. Many of the residents at the hotel have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy and forced to stay in the hotel until they can afford to repair their homes.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused fire and why it spread so quickly.
3 People Killed in Deadly Fire At New Jersey Hotel.