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Five Injured in Staten Island House Fire, FDNY Say

By  Nicholas Rizzi and Aidan Gardiner | January 31, 2014 11:14am 

 Five people — two residents and three firefighters — were injured in a fire at 134 Harrison Ave. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
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PORT RICHMOND — A blaze at a Port Richmond home hurt two residents and three firefighters Friday morning, the FDNY said.

Around 100 firefighters responded to the fire at 134 Harrison Ave. at 8:14 a.m., fire officials said.

The fire was brought under control nearly an hour later, officials said.

"I left to go to work and this is what I came back to," said Leroy Floyd, who's lived in the home his entire life. "It's bad."

Floyd said the fire seemed to have started on the second floor of the home, which was destroyed in the blaze. The other parts of the building suffered major water damage, Floyd said.

Two of the house's residents were brought to Richmond University Medical Center, one with critical injuries and the other with minor injuries, officials said. Two firefighters were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and another firefighter was taken to Staten Island University Hospital.

A spokesman for the FDNY did not have the age or gender of any of the people injured in the fire.

Harvey Nieves, who lives next door to the house, said firefighters had to break the top of his home so the fire did not spread to it. He said the fire was massive.

"There was a lot of flames, a lot of smoke," Nieves said.