10 unaccounted for in Jersey Shore motel fire that killed three

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A motel fire in a Jersey Shore community killed three people and critically injured three others on the morning of March 21, 2014.

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. — Three people were killed and 10 others are unaccounted for after an early-morning motel fire on the New Jersey shore on Friday, the Ocean County prosecutor’s office said.

The fire at Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn, a two-story wood structure, started just after 3:30 a.m. MDT, prosecutor’s spokesman Al Della Fave said.Three males died in the fire and eight others were injured, with several of them suffering serious burns, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said.

Some of the occupants jumped out of the building or were pulled out, WABC said. They suffered injuries such as burns and smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known.

Authorities sifted through debris after the building was deemed safe to enter, Della Fave said. Firefighters searched the partially collapsed structure for survivors, WABC said.

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