STATEN ISLAND — Eight people were hurt in a fire that ripped through four Charleston homes Friday morning and drew nearly 140 firefighters to the scene, an FDNY spokeswoman said.
The fire started at 106 Pitney Ave., near Bloomingdale Road, about 7:40 a.m. and scorched four of the seven attached homes on the street, Deputy Chief Dave Smith said.
Seven firefighters were treated for minor injuries and a civilian refused medical attention at the scene, Smith said.
The Red Cross, which often provides shelter and other services for people displaced by fires, said it dispatched teams to the scene.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the fire, which was brought under control about 8:50 a.m., the FDNY said.
Smith said the homes suffered an extensive amount of damage in the blaze.