At Least 34 Injured in Huge Staten Island Fire

A firefighter, right, watches as another sprays water on 205 Chestnut Avenue in the Staten Island borough of New York, Thursday, June 5, 2014, where 34 people were injured after fire tore through three townhouses on the street early Thursday. Two children were tossed out of a smoke-filled second-story window into the arms of neighbors below, according to authorities and witnesses.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Photo: Kathy Willens/AP/Corbis

A massive five-alarm fire engulfed three Staten Island town houses early this morning and took 200 firefighters nearly eight hours to control. At least 23 firefighters and 11 civilians were injured, though none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening. Among the most shaken was a dad who tossed his two kids, believed to be 3 and 5, to neighbors standing below his second-story window. The woman who caught his daughter sprained her arm in the process. “The little girl got up and gave me a hug. I melted,” the hero neighbor told the Post