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Staten Island house fire claims life of disabled man, sends wife jumping out 2nd stor
Staten Island house fire claims life of disabled man, sends wife jumping out 2nd story window
Published: Saturday, September 18, 2010, 4:39 PM Updated: Saturday, September 18, 2010, 4:55 PM
Judy L. Randall
Staten Island Advance photos
Neighbors said Joseph Abdo died in an early-morning fire at 116 Laguardia Ave., Castleton Corners.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A disabled man died today in an early morning Castleton Corners house fire that forced his wife to make a desperate leap from a second-floor window.
Joseph Abdo, 68, who was in the first floor bedroom of semi-attached private home at 116 Laguardia Ave., died in the 4:30 a.m. blaze, police said.
His wife, Margaret Abdo, 64, is in the burn unit in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, according to the hospital.
A charred mattress was visible from the window where Mrs. Abdo jumped before the FDNY arrived. She landed on a concrete patio 10 to 15 feet below.
A Fire Department spokesman said the blaze broke out on the first floor, in either the kitchen or a bedroom that, according to one report, had been custom-designed for Abdo.
The cause of the fire, which was brought under control at 5:15 a.m., remains under investigation.
A resident of the block said Abdo used a wheelchair to get around. According to the report, he had multiple sclerosis.
A 2004 Advance story on election day polling place changes featured a photograph of Abdo sitting on a motorized scooter.
Hilton Flores A fire at this home at 116 LaGuardia Avenue, Castelton Corners, took the life of a 65-year-old man. A 64-year-old female was treated for smoke inhalation and transported to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze. (Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores)
Fatal fire in Castleton Corners gallery (5 photos)
Several residents, who declined to be identified, described the Abdos as a "nice" couple who lived on the block for more than a decade. Neighbors said the Abdos had several pets, including a cat which survived.
Abdo’s name is mentioned in a 1995 Advance story as a recipient of a Staten Island Community Television Volunteer Recognition Award.
Three firefighters were hospitalized with minor injuries they received battling the blaze.