Raging 5-alarm Staten Island fire leaves 34 injured

Firefighters battled a raging 5-alarm fire in the Rosebank section of Staten Island overnight Thursday
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Authorities in New York say 34 people were injured in a raging five-alarm fire in Staten Island overnight Thursday.

The fire department says 23 firefighters and 11 civilians suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious. Nearly all were taken to the hospital but none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

About 200 firefighters responded to the blaze at 1 a.m. Thursday.

A fire department spokesman says the blaze consumed three 2-story townhouses.

He said around 6 a.m. that the fire was expected to be brought under control shortly.

The Staten Island Advance says a man screaming from a window tossed two small children down to a couple below.

Anthony DiSimone, who caught one of the children, says they were shaken up but seemed alright.

Firefighters eventually got the man out as well.
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