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Firefighters investigate an early morning fire at the Mariner’s Cove Hotel in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. on Friday, March 21, 2014. An early morning fire killed three people at the Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said. Three other people were critically injured in the blaze. Authorities said several other people may be unaccounted for. Investigators are interviewing motel management to determine how many people were staying there when the fire broke out. The motel’s office was destroyed and most records were lost, he said. (AP Photo/David Gard)

Firefighters investigate an early morning fire at the Mariner’s Cove Hotel in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. on Friday, March 21, 2014. An early morning fire killed three people at the Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said. Three other people were critically injured in the blaze. Authorities said several other people may be unaccounted for. Investigators are interviewing motel management to determine how many people were staying there when the fire broke out. The motel’s office was destroyed and most records were lost, he said. (AP Photo/David Gard)

Firefighters investigate an early morning fire at the Mariner’s Cove Hotel in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. on Friday, March 21, 2014. An early morning fire killed three people at the Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said. Three other people were critically injured in the blaze. Authorities said several other people may be unaccounted for. Investigators are interviewing motel management to determine how many people were staying there when the fire broke out. The motel’s office was destroyed and most records were lost, he said. (AP Photo/David Gard)

Firefighters investigate an early morning fire at the Mariner’s Cove Hotel in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. on Friday, March 21, 2014. An early morning fire killed three people at the Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said. Three other people were critically injured in the blaze. Authorities said several other people may be unaccounted for. Investigators are interviewing motel management to determine how many people were staying there when the fire broke out. The motel’s office was destroyed and most records were lost, he said. (AP Photo/David Gard)

Firefighters investigate an early morning fire at the Mariner’s Cove Hotel in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. on Friday, March 21, 2014. An early morning fire killed three people at the Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said. Three other people were critically injured in the blaze. Authorities said several other people may be unaccounted for. Investigators are interviewing motel management to determine how many people were staying there when the fire broke out. The motel’s office was destroyed and most records were lost, he said. (AP Photo/David Gard)

Firefighters investigate an early morning fire at the Mariner’s Cove Hotel in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. on Friday, March 21, 2014. An early morning fire killed three people at the Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said. Three other people were critically injured in the blaze. Authorities said several other people may be unaccounted for. Investigators are interviewing motel management to determine how many people were staying there when the fire broke out. The motel’s office was destroyed and most records were lost, he said. (AP Photo/David Gard)

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — An early-morning trip to the bathroom saved Joe Frystock’s life.

The New Jersey man lost his home in Superstorm Sandy and had been staying in temporary accommodations since then. Early Friday morning, he was among 40 people staying at a Point Pleasant Beach motel when a raging fire broke out, killing four people and injuring eight.

Investigators will ramp up their probe into the cause of the fire on Saturday, but a determination is not expected for several days.

Frystock, who has diabetes and frequently has to use the bathroom, said he woke up early Friday to find the motel ablaze. As he fled to safety, he pounded on doors and windows, warning fellow motel residents to get out.

He left with the clothes on his back, his insulin kit and nothing more.

“I lost everything — again — but I’m alive,” he said.

He said his home in nearby Brick, N.J., was flooded with 6 feet of water during Superstorm Sandy that tore through his deck “like it was tissue paper.” He has lived in rental properties since the storm.

“It’s been an Odyssey ever since Oct. 29, 2012,” he said, referring to the date of the destructive storm. “We secured other housing but that fell through” because of the possible threat of additional flooding in the future.

“Now everything is gone for a second time,” he said.

Frystock and the other occupants of the Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn were given temporary shelter in other motels in Point Pleasant Beach on Friday. The town is a popular Jersey shore summer resort where the dozen or so hotels and motels rely on people seeking cheap rentals to get them through the slow winter season.

An intense investigation into the cause of the early morning blaze began Friday afternoon after the last of the four bodies was removed and taken away for an autopsy. The victims had not been

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