Firefighters Battle 8-alarm Blaze in East Boston - NECN

Firefighters Battle 8-alarm Blaze in East Boston



    The fire broke out at 85 Lexington St. around 7:30 p.m. (Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014)

    (NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Boston) - The Boston Fire Department battled an 8-alarm fire in the city's East Boston section on Wednesday evening.

    The fire was reported at 85 Lexington St. just before 7:30 p.m. As of 9 p.m., firefighters were still blasting water on the affected building and surrounding structures. Fire officials said the heavy fire was contained to the building where it started and is being knocked down.

    The building was occupied and some residents were inside when the fire broke out.

    Fire Commissioner John Hassan said there were no major injuries. One firefighter had some debris in his eyes, but is going to be OK. All of the residents of the affected buildings have been accounted for, he said.

    Hassan said three houses and a car were impacted. He said it appears the fire started in the basement of 85 Lexington St. and extended to a car in the alley, and from there to an adjacent building.

    The combined damage is estimated at $750,000. In addition to 85 Lexington St., which was destroyed, the building at 83 Lexington St. sustained fire, smoke and water damage, and 89 Lexington St. had melted siding, smoke and water damage.

    The Massachusetts Red Cross confirms volunteers are responding to the fire to assist the residents. The building at 85 Lexington St. was completely destroyed in the blaze, and eight or nine apartments are affected.

    Winds were gusting at 30 mph from the northwest at the time of the fire, according to NECN's Joe Joyce.

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