Family Narrowly Escapes am Fire in South Beach; 2 Firefighters Hurt

SILive - October 30, 2018

by Kyle Lawson

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A South Beach family escaped a fire Monday morning that tore through their two-story building and prompted a large emergency response.

Firefighters from Staten Island and Brooklyn responded, along with the NYPD, at about 7 a.m. to a report of flames at 141 Olympia Blvd., according to an FDNY spokesman.

Two firefighter suffered injuries battling the blaze. One’s injuries were deemed minor and the other more severe, although both were described as non-life-threatening. The firefighters were taken to an area hospital.

The incident was under control by about 8 a.m.

A 14-year-old boy who lives at the home said he and his mom had just woken up for the day when they heard neighbors pounding on their door. It was at that point they noticed smoke seeping through the walls in the kitchen, as they grabbed their dogs and headed out the door.

Also damaged in the fire was Jonathan’s Beauty Salon, which shares the first floor of the building.

The fire originated on the second floor of the building, while the cause wasn’t immediately certain, the spokesman said.