SEA ISLE CITY — Officials know where in a 54th Street duplex last week’s massive fire started but have not determined the cause of the blaze that killed one woman and one dog.
Police Chief Thomas McQuillen said he could not specify the area of origin because it could be subject to change in the ongoing investigation.
Meanwhile, an autopsy was performed on the victim, Marie Zielinski, 89, on Dec. 1. According to officials, Zielinski’s cause of death is tentatively listed as smoke inhalation, pending toxicology reports.
According to a news release from the city, members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office, New Jersey Fire Marshal’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are still investigating.
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Investigators on Friday dug through the debris of the 54th Street home destroyed by fire Thursday in Sea Isle City.
Black smoke and flames could be seen from a fire that broke out on 54th Street in Sea Isle City, severely damaging three side-by-side duplex homes.Police Chief Thomas McQuillen said authorities received multiple 911 reporting the fire. (Nov. 29, 2018)
Flames seen inside a duplex home on 54th Street in Sea Isle City. Official said the fire broke out in one home, then spread to neighboring properties on either side. (Nov. 29, 2018)
Assisting fire companies, including Ocean City, took precautionary measures to prevent a fire that destroyed three duplex homes from spreading to other properties on the surrounding blocks. (Nov. 29, 2018)
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office described the unaccounted-for person in Thursday’s Sea Isle City fire as an elderly woman. Two residents were taken to area hospitals. Authorities did not provide identities for the injured or the missing woman.
Fire crews from Sea Isle City, Ocean City, Avalon, Ocean View and Strathmere fought Thursday’s multidwelling fire in Sea Isle.