NEW YORK -- Authorities in New York City say 34 people have been injured overnight in a fire on Staten Island.

The Fire Department told CBS New York station WCBS-TV that 23 firefighters and 11 civilians suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious. Nearly all were taken to the hospital but none of the injuries is considered life-threatening.

About 200 firefighters responded to the blaze at 1 a.m. Thursday.

A Fire Department spokesman says the blaze consumed three, 2-story townhouses.

He said around 6 a.m. that the fire was expected to be brought under control shortly.

The Staten Island Advance says a man screaming from a window tossed two small children down to a couple below.

Anthony DiSimone, who caught the boy, says the children were shaken up but seemed OK.

Firefighters eventually got the man out as well.

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