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9-alarm fire in Boston brings raid, evictions

The building owner says he knew the apartments he leased were illegal, but had no idea anyone was setting off fireworks

By Marie Szaniszlo
The Boston Herald

A city raid yesterday uncovered a "ton" of flammables in an illegal space owned by the landlord whose adjacent Roxbury warehouse burst into a nine-alarm inferno after being torched by fireworks last month, authorities said.

Three tenants were evicted from their digs and an auto body shop at 31 Norfolk Ave. was boarded up after inspectors discovered exposed wiring, open electrical boxes and flammables that "set the stage for a potential fire disaster," said Darryl Smith, assistant commissioner of government services at the Inspectional Services Department.

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