Video: Off-duty firefighter, son save neighbor from house fire
Six firefighters and two civilians suffered minor injuries in the fire
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A quick thinking off-duty firefighter and his adult son rescued their next-door neighbor from the second story of her burning cat-filled Huguenot home Monday morning.
The all-hands blaze, which started in the Kingdom Avenue home's first floor kitchen area around 10:27 a.m. and spread up to the second floor, caused serious damage to the rear of the house and filled the dwelling with thick black smoke, FDNY Battalion Chief John Calderone said.
Six firefighters and two civilians suffered minor injuries in the fire, he said. As many as 30 cats and seven dogs are believed to have been inside the home when the blaze started, Calderone said. An EMT who was treating multiple cats with oxygen on the home's front lawn said that only seven had survived, and that three of the survivors were in critical condition. The cats that died appeared to have asphyxiated. At least one dog was also found dead inside the home.