Staten Island Fire

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20 Firefighters Hurt Battling Frightening Blaze On Staten Island

June 17, 2018 - 2:53 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A fire destroyed a fire marshall's home on Staten Island, and 20 firefighters were hurt -- four seriously.

The siding on three homes was charred black and melting off. The windows offer a glimspe into nothing more than black hole with nothing to salvage inside.

"I saw it you know at 7 o'clock the big smoke, black smoke," one neighbor said.

Neighbors said the smoke could be seen and smelled for blocks around. No civilians were injured, but 20 firefighters were sent to the hospital. Four of those were considered serious including one firefighter who had a stairway collapse on him.

"We have right now, five buildings, four buildings that are heavily damaged, one building that has moderate damage," FDNY Chief James Leonard said.

One of the houses belongs to a fire marshal who was working at the time. His family was out of town.

Complicating matters, a hydrant across the street wasn't working.

"They were delayed somewhat in getting water. We have procedures for when that happens and they were immediately fed by a second engine," Leonard said.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.