CHARLESTON, Staten Island (PIX11) — Fifteen people were displaced, a dog is missing and three firefighters were injured after a three-alarm fire engulfed three Staten Island homes Saturday night, officials said Sunday.
The blaze started on the first floor of a two-story home at 82 Pitney Avenue in Charleston just before 10 p.m., and spread to two more homes at 84 Pitney Avenue and 86 Pitney Avenue, according to the FDNY.
One of the residents, Mark Keane, said he came out of his home to get a late-night pizza delivery when he smelled the smoke and noticed the large flames.
“It looked like an out-of-control bonfire,” Keane said. “The wind then started blowing and it completely caught fire.”
“It just came out of nowhere and erupted like an absolute apocalypse, that quickly,” he added.
It took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control, officials said. About 33 units and 140 fire and EMS members were at the scene. Three firefighters were treated at a hospital for minor injuries, officials said.
There were no civilian injuries but 15 occupants have been displaced, and a dog is missing. Red Cross is assisting the people to find temporary housing.
“It could’ve been a lot worse,” Staten Island Borough Commander Kevin Wood said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.