Large FDNY Response to Basement Fire in Tompkinsville

SILive - October 27, 2018

by Kristin F. Dalton

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A fire in Tompkinsville drew a large emergency response shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday.

An FDNY spokeswoman said twelve engines and 60 firefighter responded to the fire which started in the basement of a two-story private home.

No injuries were reported, the spokeswoman said.

Tom Wrobleski, who lives two houses away from where the fire started, said his wife came home from shopping and alerted him that the neighbor’s house was on fire.

Wrobleski said he saw the owner of the home walking towards where the fire was beginning to spread.

“Hey man, you gotta get out of there,” Wrobleski told the man.

Shortly after that, he said flames began to engulf parts of the home.

“For a second there, it looked like it was going to spread. I got my son out of the house,” he said.

Wrobleski and his wife called other neighbors to alert them of the fire so they could exit their homes safely.

The fire was placed under control at 7:24 p.m.