NEW YORK — A fireplace broke out on board a Staten Island Ferry throughout rush hour on Thursday, forcing more than 800 folks to evacuate.
Firefighters stated 5 folks have been harm, however they’re all anticipated to be okay. Passengers on the Sandy Ground stated they heard an alarm at round 5 p.m., after which they realized one thing was significantly unsuitable.
“Definitely very anxiety provoking,” Olga Jurga stated.
“One guy screaming, ‘There’s a fire in the engine!,'” Gerard Lavelle stated.
Gerard Lavelle and Olga Jurga stated crew members informed them to maneuver to the second ground of the ferry, the place somebody handed them life vests. The couple shared video of them strolling by smoke, leaving the ferry the place the hearth occurred.
“It was hazy. You could definitely tell something was smoking. It kind of felt like sardines in a can, all trying to walk with our life vests,” Jurga stated.
The couple stated they obtained onto one other ferry, butted in opposition to theirs, which introduced them safely to the St. George Terminal, the place passengers like Logan Amos have been beathing a sigh of aid.
“I was traumatized. To be on a boat and not know whether you’re gonna make it back to your wife, your kids, it’s a traumatizing experience. I was shaking,” Amos stated.
The fireplace was ultimately introduced underneath management.
Firefighters stated the hearth began within the engine room. The ferry crew used carbon dioxide to place the hearth out, and notified the Coast Guard.
“All the safety systems onboard worked. We don’t know the reason yet for the fire. We’re gonna wait for the Coast Guard to make that determination,” stated John Garvey, deputy commissioner and chief operations officer for Staten Island Ferry.
Roland Rexha, the secretary-treasurer of the union representing the ferry’s crew members, relayed what the crew informed him.
“Fire reigning down, smoke filling spaces, and they did their best to try to control the fire and mitigate,” Rexha stated.
Some passengers CBS2 spoke to stated it was a bit cumbersome getting onto the ferry that introduced them ashore. It wasn’t completely stage with the ferry the place the hearth occurred so that they needed to step up a bit, all whereas the boats have been rocking.