Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Sea Isle City Police Chief Thomas McQuillen are releasing additional information regarding the multi alarm structure fire that occurred yesterday at 29 54th Street Isle.
According to Prosecutor Sutherland, fire suppression efforts have been completed and the fire has been extinguished. Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Sea Isle City Police Department, ATF, and members of the Cape May County and New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office are now investigating the cause and origin of the fire which has not been determined as of yet.
Prosecutor Sutherland sadly stated two individuals were injured as a result of this fire and a third resident died. Elizabeth Coleman, a 56 year old female, and Roy Lombardo, a 60 year old male, both residents of 29 54th Street were transported to the Cape Regional Medical Center to be treated for their injuries. Lombardo has since been released but Coleman was transferred to Cooper Medical Center where she is still being treated.
The body of Marie Zielinski, 89, was found in her apartment. The victim was positively identified by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office who will be conducting an autopsy.
Prosecutor Sutherland stated this is an ongoing investigation and urges anyone who has any information or video/camera footage regarding this fire to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or the Sea Isle City Police Department at 609-263-4311 or text anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on the anonymous tip.