Officials ID 89-year-old woman found dead after Sea Isle fire

Mike Dougherty
November 30, 2018 - 7:55 am

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UPDATED: 1:54 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The body of an 89-year-old woman who died in Thursday's fire in Sea Isle City has been identified.

Marie Zielinski was found inside her apartment on 54th Street near Landis Avenue. Two other people were injured and hospitalized. One has since been released. 

The Cape May County Prosecutor's office says the multi-alarm fire is still under investigation and the cause is unknown. Officials are urging any one with information or video of the fire to contact the Prosecutor's office or Sea Isle Police Department.

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Neighbors told CBS 3 the fire quickly grew into an inferno.

"The fire was so fast, it was unbelieveable because of the wind coming off of the ocean," said one. "And also as fast as that fire went, I think there might have been an explosion."

Authorities say the two injured residents were taken to an area hospital for treatment. The victims have not been identified by officials.

The fire is believed to have started in one home that was not connected to the others. Flames fed by high winds then spread to homes on either side of the first home. That first home was engulfed in flames and destroyed. The two others were severely damaged.

Authorities are not sure what started the initial fire. It is under investigation.

Firefighters from Sea Isle, Ocean City, Strathmere, Avalon and Seaville fought the blaze for several hours.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated Zielinski's age as 87.

KYW Newsradio's Kim Glovas contributed to this report.