VIDEO: Hundreds of firefighters battled a raging and fast-moving fire that spread through a row of town-homes on Staten Island on Monday.
The fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. on Rensselaer Avenue, and within 30 minutes, a fifth alarm had been sounded as the flames quickly spread.
Officials say 18 firefighters and one civilian suffered injuries in the fire, but all the injuries were believed to be minor.
Heavy smoke could be seen pouring from the row of connected homes with firefighters trying to contain the fire from the ground and the roof.
The FDNY said wood construction in the attics allowed the fire to spread quickly through the roof.
Reise Carjullo was in the shower when he first noticed the smoke. But then he remembered his brother was still upstairs and sound asleep.