Composting Barrel Causes 2-Alarm Fire; 4 Displaced

Damage estimated at $150,000

Four people are displaced after a two-alarm fire in East Boston Monday afternoon.

Fire officials responded just after 1 p.m. to 1215 Bennington St.

The blaze was in the rear of the two-and-a-half story wood frame home.

The chief estimates the damage to be $150,000.


Investigators have determined a composting barrel against the house caused the fire. The decomposing of the material in the barrel generated enough heat over time to ignite. 

No one was injured. 

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