Published October 13, 2013
Two suspicious, early-morning fires ripped through a Staten Island convent and chapel — trapping a nun upstairs and forcing her to make a desperate leap from the second floor that broke her back, authorities said.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is assisting in the investigation of the 5:30 a.m. blaze in the Arrochar section.
Sister Regina Gegic and another nun were staying in an older, mostly unused residential building at the St. Joseph Hill Academy on Saturday morning when she saw the fire.
Gegic broke three vertebrae from her jump but could move her feet and was being treated at Staten Island University Hospital’s intensive-care unit, according to a co-worker.
“All I know is she is alive and she is still under observation,” the fellow nun said.