FDNY Determines Causes of 2 Blazes on Staten Island this Week

SILive – February 01, 2017

by Irene Spezzamonte

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The FDNY has released the causes of two of five fires that broke out on Staten Island in a span of 24 hours this week.

Fire marshals have determined that blazes at both 372 Oak Ave. in Oakwood and 82 Van Buren St. in New Brighton were accidental, according to posts on the Fire Department’s official Twitter feed.

Smoke detectors were present and operational at both locations, the FDNY said.

Marshals found that “careless use of an open flame” was the cause of the three-alarm blaze that broke out around 7 p.m. in an apartment building on Van Buren Street Sunday night.

Eight firefighters suffered minor injuries, an FDNY spokesman said. There were no injuries to the residents.

The American Red Cross was assisting families displaced by the fire, providing them with food, water, blankets, and clothing.

The fire was brought under control at approximately 8:32 p.m.

Meanwhile, an early-morning fire at a two-story building on Oak Avenue Monday was was deemed electrical, originating in a power strip, the FDNY said on Twitter.

That fire was reported at 5:51 a.m., and brought under control about 40 minutes later.

A Fire Department spokesman was not immediately able to provide further information about each incident.

The FDNY battled a spate of five fires on the borough from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning. Four were residential.

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