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Video: Boston 3-alarm fire destroys triple-decker under construction

Fire in the Mattapan building under renovation had extended to an occupied home


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By Rick Sobey
Boston Herald

BOSTON — A firefighter was injured and 13 residents were displaced after a blaze spread from a vacant Mattapan building under construction early Monday morning, according to officials.

Boston firefighters battled the heavy blaze that started in the rear of 52 Woolson St., after 5 a.m. on Monday.

The fire from the vacant three-family house then spread to an adjacent building at 56 Woolson St.

“The fire has burned through the rear porches & across the roof all companies are working,” the Boston Fire Department posted on X at 5:46 a.m. on Monday.

“An aggressive interior and exterior attack helped to stop the fire from spreading to third building, but the extreme heat melted the siding at 20 Sutton Mattapan,” Boston Fire posted about 10 minutes later.

One firefighter ended up being transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Deputy Fire Chief Brian Tully.

Six adults and seven children were displaced from 56 Woolson St., and the Red Cross of Massachusetts is helping with housing.

After firefighters put out the blaze, detail companies remained at the scene monitoring any hot spots. Boston Fire was investigating the cause of the fire.

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