(John Del Signore) A nun who jumped out of an old convent window to escape a raging fire in Staten Island is recovering from her injuries at Staten Island University Hospital. The fire broke out at the St. Joseph Hill Academy shortly before 5:30 on Saturday morning, injuring Sister Regina Gegic and four firefighters and causing extensive damage to the convent and chapel. Gegic broke three vertebrae in her back after jumping from a second story window.
The Post reports that more than a dozen nuns are visiting the convent from around the world for the 100th anniversary of Daughters of Divine Charity in the United States, which runs the academy. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is currently assisting in the investigation into the suspicious blaze.