Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — For the second time in less than a year, members of the FDNY were injured responding to a house fire on Grove Street in Stapleton.
An ongoing investigation by fire marshals has determined both fires were intentional, according to an FDNY spokesman.
Smoke was reported just before 1 p.m. Monday at 24 Grove Street, where more than 100 FDNY members battled flames amid afternoon temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. A total of 25 units responded to the two-alarm blaze.
One firefighter was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
The fire was deemed “incendiary,” as an investigation by the FDNY and NYPD remained ongoing Tuesday, according to an FDNY spokesman.
In September 2019, a fire was intentionally set next door at 26 Grove Street, where several FDNY units battled flames for about an hour. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries in that incident. That incident also remains under investigation.
No civilians were injured in either incident.
At the time of each fire, both houses were vacant and known hangouts for squatters, according to a source with knowledge of the ongoing investigation.
Damage incurred last year outside 26 Grove Street remained visible Monday, feet from where the FDNY responded to the fire Monday.
A man living at 24 Grove Street in 2019 said at the time his family was displaced as a result of that fire. On Tuesday, he told the Advance/Silive.com he was making repairs with plans of moving back in at the time of the fire Monday.
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