Boston Crews Tackle Eight-Alarm Blaze

Dec. 03--A massive and still-smoldering eight-alarm blaze is snarling traffic in the Seaport District and did an estimated $2 million in damage to a gutted five-story commercial building on Summer Street this morning, fire officials said.

The inferno is under control but remained burning on the second and third floors of the building as of 10 a.m., and fire officials said they would continue dousing the building with water "well into the afternoon."

City officials have advised commuters to stay clear of the scene, where officials have set up a collapse zone as a precaution and shut down several intersections from D Street to South Station.

No injuries have been reported in connection with the inferno, which broke out about 4:30 a.m. at 327-333 Summer St. The 49,526 square-foot office building was built in 1911. A cleaning crew escaped out a back door, fire officials said.

Investigators are working to determine the cause.

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