Great Kill Fire, the Morning After: FDNY Still on Scene, Pets Survived

SILive - January 21, 2020

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The remains of a heating unit and shattered glass remained sprawled out on the front lawn after a two-alarm fire ripped through a Great Kills home on Sunday night.

The fire that took place at 172 Colon Ave. left three people with minor injuries, according to an FDNY spokesman.

“I heard the people screaming and then everyone ran out of the house,” a resident of the block said. Initially there was concern whether pets that lived in the home were able to escape, but all were eventually accounted for.

“All the cats are safe, which is a really good thing” the resident continued.

Approximately 106 firefighters responded to the scene, and well over 20 FDNY trucks were on the residential street late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

The FDNY battled the blaze, which became a two-alarm fire, for over an hour. It was under control at 12:07 a.m., according to the FDNY spokesman.

After midnight, dozens of bystanders watched as firefighters removed charred fragments, including large pieces of ventilation and furniture, from the second-story window of the home.

The inside of the home appeared to have extensive fire and smoke damage.

The Red Cross was on the scene but the homeowner declined any assistance.