Man, 86, Dead in Eltingville House Fire that Drew Large FDNY Response

SI Advance - March 08, 2019

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- An 86-year-old man has been pronounced dead after the FDNY responded to a house fire in Eltingville Wednesday night.

The fire at 461 Oakdale St. drew a heavy response, as 12 FDNY vehicles and more than 65 FDNY firefighters and EMS responded to the blaze.

The victim was transported to Staten Island University Hospital in Prince’s Bay with critical injuries, according to an FDNY spokesman. However, he was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to police.

Upon arrival, NYPD units were notified that a male with burns to the body had been removed by EMS, according to a spokesperson for the NYPD.

The fire was reported at 6:44 p.m., the FDNY spokesman said, and brought under control at 7:17 p.m.

On scene, major fire damage was not visible, though one neighbor said that heavy smoke was emitting from the home as the FDNY arrived.

“I saw the fire engines and then I came out and saw all the smoke," a neighbor said of the incident.

Police began cordoning off the area after the fire was extinguished, and a portion of Oakdale Street was closed off as FDNY responded to the fire.

The identity of the male is being withheld pending proper family notification, and the fire is currently under investigation by fire marshals.

This is the third fatal fire in a one-month span.