6 Boston firefighters injured in 7-alarm fire

Three of the injured firefighters suffered burns in the massive blaze that destroyed seven buildings


Dave Canton
The Republican, Springfield, Mass.

BOSTON — Boston firefighters battled a huge fire in South Boston that damaged or destroyed seven buildings, including five triple-decker apartment buildings.

WCVB-TV reported that five of the buildings were located in the 1400 block of Columbia Road and two damaged buildings were on adjacent Douglas Street.

First responders arrived at the scene at about 3:30 a.m. and scene commanders eventually sounded seven alarms as each of the buildings ignited.

The American Red Cross and the Boston Fire Department Victims Assistance Unit are assisting 38 people displaced by the fire. The MBTA provided a bus for displaced residents to shelter from overnight showers.

Fire officials estimate the value of the damage to the structures to be about $10 million.

Six firefighters suffered minor injuries, three with burns, and all were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

The fire appeared to have started at the rear of the first build to burn, but fire investigators are looking into the exact origin point and cause of the fire.

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©2020 The Republican, Springfield, Mass.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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