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FDNY: 1 Woman Dead in Great Kills House Fire

SILive - March 07, 2017

by Maura Grunlund

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A woman has died in a house fire in Great Kills on Monday morning, according to police.

An elderly woman was discovered, unconscious and unresponsive, on the first floor rear-portion of the residence where the three-alarm blaze occurred at 68 Driggs St., according to a statement from the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.

EMS responded to the location and pronounced the woman dead at the scene, according to police.

The police investigation remains ongoing after officers responded at 4:01 a.m. to a 911 call of a fire at that location.

The fire was brought under control at about 7 a.m., according to the FDNY Twitter feed.

Nine firefighters suffered minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the FDNY/EMS.

"Due to volume of fire and limited access on the street, it was a challenging situation," said FDNY Deputy Chief Brian Gorman.

Firefighters only could enter the house through the front door and the entryway was blocked with three to five feet of debris, he said.

The stairway from the first to the second floor was gone, so firefighters had to use a ladder inside to access the top part of the house.

Multiple special units including mobile respiration treatment and Haz-Mat were on the scene. The fire was burning so hot that it melted vinyl siding on a house next door.

Debris inside the home impeded the firefighters from accessing the fire.

The fire is about a block away from the firehouse on Nelson Avenue for Engine 162/Ladder 82.

-- Advance staffer Anthony DePrimo contributed to this story.