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Five-alarm blaze tears through multiple Staten Island homes

Firefighters on scene responding to a 5-alarm blaze on Staten Island. (Photo via Twitter/@FDNY0

The FDNY battled a five-alarm blaze that ripped through several homes on Staten Island on Monday afternoon, leaving eight people injured.

At 2:56 p.m., the FDNY responded to a fire at 826 Rensselaer Ave. in the Woodrow neighborhood. The flames spread to multiple houses on Rensselaer Avenue near Foster Road, causing the Fire Department to raise it to a five-alarm call. 

The FDNY deployed 44 units and 198 fire and EMS members to the scene and the fire was under control at 5:10 p.m. One civilian and seven firefighters have suffered reported injuries at this time.

The New York Office of Emergency Management is advising that residents can expect heavy amounts of smoke and traffic delays.

The blaze was brought under control at around 5:10 p.m. Monday. Fire marshals are now investigating the cause.

Updated at 5:15 p.m.

Emily Davenport