SILive - December 05, 2018by Maura Grunlund
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling a blaze in a home in South Beach on Tuesday morning, according to the FDNY.
The fire at 119 Jackson Ave. was called around 8 a.m. and escalated to a second alarm, according to FDNY Assistant Chief Richard Howe, Staten Island borough commander.
The fire prompted a massive FDNY/EMS response. The NYPD and the Red Cross also were on the scene.
“Our units did a very good job," Howe said, describing the challenges as an “advanced fire at arrival and a lot of heavy clutter within the building."
The woman who lives in the house was at work and no one was in the home when the fire started.
“We had to force our way into the building," Howe said.
About 25 units and 110 firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 80 minutes. The fire was contained on the property, the chief said.
“It makes our job a little rougher,” Howe said about houses with clutter. “We have to get around things and we have to make sure we complete our searches properly. We have to move everything down to the floorboards."
Neighbor Joanne Kinder said that another resident banged on her door to alert her to the fire next door.
When she stepped outside, she saw the blaze and heavy smoke.