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Over Two Dozen Injured in Staten Island Duplex Fire

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More than 30 people were hurt early Thursday morning in a raging five-alarm fire on Staten Island.

Flames broke out shortly after 1 a.m. inside a multi-family house located at 203 Chestnut Avenue in Rosebank.

That fire quickly spread to another home and a commercial building located behind them.

Fire officials say at least 33 people were hurt including six children and five adults.

One of the injuries is considered life-threatening.

Neighbor Darleen Cersozie and her fiancée Anthony DiSimone ran to help a father trapped on the second floor of the home with his two children.

"It was scary but at the same time it was all adrenalin, and just working like, it was just reaction that's really what it was it was just acting, I mean, if that was me I'm not just going to stand there videotaping it, no I'm going to go help these people and get them out," Cersozie said.

"You are scared but you know you just can't freeze and panic and you know not do anything, you know these are children, and that's what makes us human beings," DiSimone said.

About 200 firefighters who responded to the scene were able to get the fire under control.

The American Red Cross has responded to the scene to help those displaced.

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