A Staten Island fire kills 5 on July 22, 2010. A mother and her four children were killed when a fire ravaged the four family home at 302 Nicolas Avenue in a Port Richmond neighborhood within Staten Island, New Yrok. Fire marshals have not yet determined the cause of the blaze but have noted that the home was lacking smoke detectors. Fire officials do not believe the fire was caused by suspicious activity or foul play.
The fire occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning. Residents near the Nicolas Avenue location aowke to screams of "There's a fire! There's a fire!" at approximately 4 a.m. Witnesses on the scene reported the windows of the apartment were "lit up" with flames which quickly spread to the roof.
One hundred and forty firemen arrived on the scene 4 minutes from the frantic 911 phone call was received at a dispatch center at 4:13 a.m. Fireman quickly hosed the flames and found four children, ages 14, 10, 7, and 2, with their mother, Lisa Jones, unconscious and unresponsive. Three of the children were pronounced dead on the scene. The 2 year old later passed at the Staten Island University Hospital after transport. The apartment house was home to 17 people and all but the Jones family survived.