1 Dead in Blaze that Destroyed Clifton Home

SILive - October 08, 2018

by Tracey Porpora

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A 62-year-old man is dead as a result of a blaze that engulfed a private home in Clifton early Sunday morning, according to police.

City firefighters responded at about 2:47 a.m. with 25 units comprised of 106 firefighters and emergency service unit personal, according to an FDNY spokesman.

The man, who lived alone at 121H Circle Loop, was extricated from the home by firefighters and transported to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, where he was later pronounced dead, according to police.

A firefighter who suffered minor injuries also was transported to SIUH, Ocean Breeze, in stable condition, authorities said.

The blaze was put under control by about 3:53 a.m., the spokesman said.

Later Sunday morning firefighters were still sorting through the charred remains of the 2-story home.

WITNESS ACCOUNTS

A next door neighbor said he woke up early Sunday to see smoke coming through the window into his room.

“When I looked out the window, I saw a lot of smoke and the house on fire,” he said at the scene. “I was very concerned about the individual who was living there."

A woman who lives two houses away said emergency personnel pounded on her front door early Sunday morning with orders to evacuate.

“By the time we got out here, the roof was already on fire, and he was already enroute to the hospital,” she said.

She said two dogs were rescued from the house, one of which appeared to have suffered from smoke inhalation.

The New York City Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.