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Another Blaze Tears Through Three Canarsie Homes
By Linda Steinmuller

Photos by Lloyd Mitchell and Tiph Browne Photos by Lloyd Mitchell and Tiph Browne Frigid temperatures and frozen water pipes spell a recipe for disaster. With two weeks of record-cold temperatures blasting NYC, FDNY firefighters are working on overdrive. On Saturday night, Canarsie firefighters fought a two-alarm fire on East 96th Street, between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue J, which started in one home and quickly spread to two neighboring homes.

The fire erupted in a single-story row house at 1158 East 96th Street, just off Flatlands Avenue, around 5:15 p.m. on January 6th, totally gutting the small building. Battalion 58 Chief Brian Foley told the Canarsie Courier, “The fire met us at the door; it started in the middle building [1158]. The units pushed the fire away back to the rear.”

Firefighters continued fighting the blaze, which spread to 1156 and 1160 East 96th Street, until it was brought under control by 7 p.m.

Foley said they found a man in his mid-sixties, outside in the rear of his home, who was badly burned. He was taken to Staten Island University Hospital’s burn center, where he was listed in critical condition. Another victim was taken to Kings County Hospital with minor injuries.

Over 100 firefighters – from Engines 257 and Ladder 170 - fought the two-alarmer. “We had one minor injury,” Foley said, referring to one of NY’s Bravest.

As of press time, the cause of the fire is unknown. “We have fire marshals there investigating the cause because of the injury to the civilian, and we’re going to have a presence there for a while.”

Last week, a fire gutted a three-story brick home on East 89th Street and the corner of Bayview Place (see “Early Morning Blaze Engulfs Canarsie Home,” Canarsie Courier, January 4, 2018).

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