(NECN: Jennifer Eagan, Boston, Mass.) - Boston firefighters are investigating an early morning fire that has left several dozen college students displaced.
The fire broke out at the corner of Hemenway Street and Westland Avenue around 2 a.m. on Monday morning, impacting several students of Berklee College of Music.
According to firefighters, the flames started in the laundry room of the basement, and quickly traveled up a shaft to the top of the building.
Students were evacuated, and within minutes, the flames had reached the roof of the building and the fire went to three-alarms.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the fire. The building sustained heavy damage to the top floor and water damage to the rest of the building. At least 40 college students are now out of a place to stay.
"We're hoping the schools will step forward and have other vacancies where they can move this children, because they'll be stuck." said Department Chief Robert Dunderdale. "Right now we'll let them get back in and get some of their possessions, but they will definitely not occupy this building."
Students will return to the building to try to salvage some belongings later Monday morning. Many of the Berklee students are worried about expensive music equipment that was left inside.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.