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Motel fire kills 4, injures at least 8

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NEW JERSEY – A fire raced through a motel on the New Jersey shore early Friday, killing four people and injuring at least 8 others, authorities said.

While authorities said earlier they were trying to determine the whereabouts of about 10 others, all remaining occupants were accounted for by Friday afternoon, fire officials said.

Volunteer firefighters found the second floor of the Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach engulfed in flames shortly after they were called at 5:33 a.m., borough fire chief A.J. Fox said.

About 40 people were staying at the motel, and the cause of the blaze wasn’t immediately clear, prosecutor Joseph Coronato said.

Most of the people who escaped had left the building by the time firefighters arrived, but the firefighters rescued one woman who’d sought refuge in a shower under running water, Fox said.