Neighbor Describes Catching Child Tossed Out Window During 5-Alarm Fire

PHOTO: Firefighters battle a fire that tore through three townhouses on New York Citys Staten Island, June 5, 2014. PlayRyan Lavis, Staten Island Advance/AP Photo
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Two children were tossed out a window from a burning building into the arms of neighbors when a ferocious 5-alarm fire broke out in Staten Island this morning, ABC affiliate WABC reported.

Flames were blowing out of the second-floor window of Anthony Disimone's neighbor's house, trapping a man and his two kids, Disimone said.

Disimone said he approached the building and caught the man’s son, while Disimone’s fiancée, Darleen, caught the trapped man’s daughter. The father was rescued after the firefighters arrived.

The blaze injured 34 people -- 11 civilians and 23 firefighters, New York Fire Department officials said.

More than 200 firefighters were at the rescue this morning, FDNY spokesman Brian Norton said. No one was killed in the fire, which was first reported around 1 a.m. and was brought under control at 8:46 a.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Norton said.