Staten Island House Fire Kills Woman; Civilian and Firefighters Also Hurt

SI Advance - March 01, 2019

by Maura Grunlund

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A 55-year-old woman died and a 23-year-old man was hurt in a house fire in Mariners Harbor on Thursday morning.

A total of 10 firefighters suffered minor injuries in the blaze, which was called at 7:16 a.m. in the basement of a home at 110 Spartan Ave., according to a spokesman for the FDNY.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death, according to an NYPD spokeswoman and statement.

Her identity has not yet been released.

After the fire was extinguished, Fire Department personnel found the woman unresponsive and unconscious and the 23-year-old man, who suffered a minor injury.

He was taken to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton.

Hospital transport information for the firefighters was not available.

Neighbor Jennifer Sainz said she saw “a lot of black smoke, it was pretty bad” billowing out of the house from the fire.

She added, “I thought it wasn’t going to stop. It was crazy.”

About 60 firefighters and EMS personnel and 12 units brought the fire under control at about 8:17 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire marshals and members of the NYPD Arson and Explosions unit were on the scene.

Spartan Avenue was blocked off near the fire, and with a large NYPD presence on the street.

The Red Cross is providing emergency housing and financial assistance to two individuals in connection with the blaze, a spokesman for the agency said.

The blaze marks the second fatal fire on Staten Island in just under a month.