injured in fire at hotel
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The Days Inn on Route 9
was damaged in a fire Saturday night in which at least
one person suffered minor injuries, according to authorities.
One man was injured in the fire, and his hair was
singed, according to Officer George Burdge, who added
that the man was taken to CentraState Medical Center
in the township.
A Days Inn employee, Bari Sobel of Freehold, said
that about 4:45 p.m. Craig Reily, the brother of one
of the hotel's co-owners, alerted employees of the
"We were inside working, and Craig Reily came
in, yelling, "There's a fire in the hotel,' "
she said, adding that employees then left the hotel
and moved their cars away from the building to avoid
"There was so much smoke over here, you couldn't
see," said Sobel while standing in the hotel
parking lot as crews investigated the blaze just after
Cara DiMattina of Howell, a bartender at the hotel,
said when employees went outside they saw "billows
and billows of black smoke" coming from the building.
One of the hotel's co-owners, Sal Imposimato of Waretown,
said he first learned of the fire about 4:30 p.m.
when he received a phone call from a friend.
Imposimato and co-owner Andy Befumo said Saturday
evening they were waiting for word from the Monmouth
County Prosecutor's and Fire Marshal's offices on
the extent of the damage. The cause of the fire is
still under investigation, according to Imposimato,
and they cannot predict when the hotel will reopen
"We're obviously not going to open tonight,"
Befumo said. "We have to secure the place, some
From the street, several second-floor rooms appeared
to be burned out, and the roof looked to have caved
in. Smoke was still coming from the building about
Peter Warshaw, Monmouth County first assistant prosecutor,
said the fire was being investigated by the Freehold
Township Police Department, the Prosecutor's Office
and the Monmouth County Fire Marshal.
"The investigation is focused on determining
where and how the fire started," he said, declining
to say whether the fire was considered of suspicious