19 firefighters hurt in blaze
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A firefighter sprays water on the destroyed second story 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 townhouseson 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)
Authorities in New York City say 29 people have been injured overnight in a five-alarm fire on Staten Island.
The Fire Department says 19 firefighters and 10 civilians suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious.
Nearly all were taken to the hospital but none of the injuries is considered life-threatening.
About 200 firefighters responded to the blaze at 1 a.m. Thursday.
A fire department spokesman says the fire consumed three, 2-story townhouses.
He said around 6 a.m. that the fire was expected to be brought under control shortly.
The Staten Island Advance says a man screaming from a window tossed two small children down to a couple below.
Anthony DiSimone, who caught the boy, says the children were shaken up but seemed OK.
Firefighters eventually got the man out as well.
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