Firefighters responding to what was supposed to be a vacant warehouse that was reported on fire found a man inside.
The Boston Globe reported that fire crews said they had a feeling that vagrants may have moved into the South Boston building at West First Street at C Street, so they searched it just in case.
A 63-year-old firefighter rescued one man described as a squatter and found evidence of more than a dozen beds inside, a sign that other squatters were using the warehouse as a temporary shelter.
The man who was rescued, identified as Jean Jaquez Eve, 49, was arrested after being treated because he had failed to appear in court on a lewdness charge in 2008 for allegedly urinating in public.
The 2:30 a.m. blaze caused about $50,000 worth of damages, fire officials said.
The building is owned by SB Housing Enhancement LLC of Chicago, which proposed a condominium complex on the site in 2006. The city will cite the owner for having an unsafe property.
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