N.J. motel fire leaves 3 dead, 8 injured and 10 missing

By Kyle Johnson,

A fire Friday morning at a New Jersey motel killed three people and left an additional eight with injuries, while 10 others are currently unaccounted for.

A fire erupted early in the morning at the Mariner's Cove Motor Inn at Point Pleasant Beach, reports CNN. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

The fire department only needed to save one woman still trapped inside the motel, who choose to try and escape from the fire by using her shower. "She saved her own life, being in the shower (with the) water running," prosecutor Joseph Coronato said.

Most of those injured in the fire suffered from burns or smoke inhalation and three were in critical condition. One responding Sheriff's officer suffered a couple broken bones.

According to The Ashbury Park Press, the whereabouts of about 10 of the 40 residents checked into the motel were unknown. Police note they hope that they were simply not at the motel at the time of the fire.

Officers are still searching through the remains of the motel, which was made more difficult after the roof collapsed.

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