POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. — A fire official says at least three people are dead and three are critically injured after a blaze destroyed a motel at the Jersey shore.
Firefighters responded to the Mariner's Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach just after 5:30 a.m. Friday.
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Al Della Fave says investigators and firefighters are sifting through the charred rubble to determine if there are any people unaccounted for.
Della Fave says the injured were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
The motel, which is little more than two blocks from the beach, was destroyed.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.