Woman Killed in Staten Island House Fire: Officials

WPIX 11 - February 08, 2019

ELM PARK, Staten Island — A woman was killed after a fire broke out at a Staten Island home early Thursday.

The blaze started at about 5:49 a.m. at a two-and-a-half story home along Hatfield Place near Treadwell Avenue in Elm Park.

About 12 units and 65 firefighters responded to the scene.

Citizen video shows thick, heavy smoke coming from the house.

Elena Vitale, 20, was found inside the home and was pronounced dead soon after, authorities said.

Family members tell PIX11 Vitale was home alone and sleeping when the fire started. Her mother had just left for the airport minutes earlier to join Vitale's father a retired NYPD detective in Florida.

Family members say Vitale was the youngest of four girls. She worked as an EMT and was a student at St. Paul's studying to be a medical assistant.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene, according to fire officials.

The NYC Fire Marshall will determine the cause of the fire. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.