SILive - February 10, 2017by Maura Grunlund
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A man has died in a residential fire that injured 14 other people in Port Richmond during the snow storm on Thursday morning.
The fire at 1028 Post Ave. reached a third alarm with a response of about 33 units and 138 firefighters before it was brought under control after about two hours.
Two children were among the injured, according to a statement from the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.
The man who died was found inside the home, on the first floor, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS, police said.
The brother of the man who passed away was critically injured in the fire, according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
Police said that the 69-year-old men was critically injured with burns to his body. He was transported by EMS to the Staten Island University Hospital Burn Unit in Ocean Breeze.
"Unfortunately, we did lose a gentleman and that gentleman's brother is in critical condition," the fire commissioner said.
The injured included two firefighters whose injures were not life-threatening, according to a spokesman for the FDNY/EMS.
An 11-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl, a 26-year-old man and a 43-year-old man were in stable condition when they were transported by EMS to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton. They were treated for smoke inhalation and minor scrapes and bruises, according to police.
The person who died was a civilian, the FDNY spokesman said.
Police declined to identify the deceased, pending notification of next of kin.
Fire marshals will determine the cause of the fire and the investigation continues, according to police.
The fire that started at about 7 a.m. "fully involved" the residence, according to the FDNY Twitter feed. The FDNY posted at about 9 a.m. that the fire was under control.
The fire produced copious amounts of smoke that seemed to be fanned by the snow storm's high winds. Flames shot through the roof of the attic atop the two-story frame house, according to witnesses.
At least a dozen local residents stood outside watching the emergency response in the swirling snow.
White powder was piling up on firefighters's helmets and equipment due to the near-blizzard conditions. Witnesses said it was difficult to see between the smoke and the high winds blowing snow all around the emergency responders.
The FDNY/EMS set up a tented command center at the fire.
Buses are detoured on Post Avenue due to the fire, according to the MTA.