200 firefighters still battling 5-alarm blaze on Staten Island Monday
Firefighters struggled to contain a massive brush fire at a former Staten Island landfill Monday that grew throughout the day because of heavy winds.
An estimated 200 firefighters were still at the former Fresh Kills landfill Monday night, according to an FDNY spokesman, who said they had contained the fire to one area of the site. At least three firefighters were treated for minor injuries at Staten Island University Hospital.
The fire broke out just before 11 a.m. and grew to a five-alarm blaze by 2:30 p.m. Officials were still uncertain what caused it.
Earlier Monday, eight firefighters were treated for minor injuries after extinguishing a separate four-alarm fire that engulfed two single-family homes in the West Brighton section of Staten Island.
That fire, which is still under investigation, began shortly before 3 a.m. at 27 Mada Ave. before leaping to a neighboring home, according to the FDNY. Nearly 170 firefighters responded.
(With Sheila Anne Feeney)