Seven Rescued From Staten Island House Fire

NY 1 - January 14, 2012

by Aaron Dickens

Nine people suffered minor injuries Friday morning, including two infants, after a fire ripped through a Staten Island residence.

The New York City Fire department says firefighters were called to the two-story building located at 209 Park Avenue in Port Richmond just after 7 a.m.

It took crews about three hours to put out the flames. Officials say 25 people had been living in the two family home.

The Buildings Department says it has a history of complaints, including some for illegal conversions.

"In buildings like this that are old there's a lot of work done on these buildings. I don't know the integrity of this building. And when you add fire to it, it makes it that much more worse. Buildings like this sometimes they add walls, they take out walls. It makes it very easy for firefighters to get trapped," said FDNY Deputy Chief Peter Leicht.

Officials say the seven people who lived in the building and two firefighters were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross is offering emergency housing, food and clothing to the residents.