A five-alarm fire that began overnight in Staten Island has left over 30 people injured, officials say. 

CBS New York reports that over 200 FDNY members responded to the blaze, which started around 1 a.m., quickly tearing through three, two-story homes in the neighborhood. According to witnesses, desparate parents screamed to pedestrians below to catch their children:

Anthony DiSimone was on the sidewalk with his fiancee, Darleen Cerzosie, when he said parents screamed from a second floor window thick with smoke to catch their two young children.

DiSimone said he caught one child while Cerzosie caught the other. The kids, believed to be 5 and 3, were treated by emergency officials and seemed to be OK but shaken up, he said.

The children, ages five and three, were treated at the scene, then taken to a local hospital for observation. CBS New York adds that their parents had to be rescued by firefighters. 

A total of 23 civilians and 11 members of the FDNY suffered minor to serious injuries. CBS New York notes that an investigation to determine the fire's origin is underway.

[via CBS New York]

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