SI Advance – March 11, 2016
by Ryan Lavis
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Three firefighters sustained minor injuries Wednesday afternoon while battling a two-alarm blaze that ripped through a Graniteville home, fire officials said. FDNY responded to a call of a fire at 38 Ada Drive around 3 p.m., bringing the flames under control about an hour later, officials said.
Traffic was backed up for a time on Richmond Avenue as firetrucks and other emergency responder vehicles filled the road. Police blocked off a portion of Richmond Avenue and diverted traffic down side streets.
Officials said the fire started on the first floor of the home and quickly spread to the attic and an attached house.
Flames and heavy smoke could be seen shooting through the roof, said Deputy Assistant Chief Richard Howe, the FDNY’s Staten Island borough commander.
No one was home at the time of the incident, he said.
The injured firefighters were transported to Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials said.