Boston Firefighters Battle Back-to-Back Blazes

March 3, 2024
Several Boston firefighters suffered burns as they battled two three-alarm fires early Saturday.

Two fires broke out in Boston early Saturday, one of which led to injuries, displaced residents and caused millions of dollars worth of damages, according to authorities.

The first heavy fire erupted in a large two-and-a-half-story home at 65 Ashford St. in Allston, the Boston Fire Department wrote in a post on X shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Three alarms were eventually ordered for the blaze, which took multiple hours to extinguish.

One resident was taken to the hospital by Boston EMS, and a few firefighters were treated for minor burns. Eight people were displaced because of the fire, which caused an estimated $2 million in damages, according to the department. The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is assisting the displaced residents.

The fire started on the second floor in the rear of the house and spread to the roof, across the attic and through the walls from the back of the building, eventually reaching the front of the structure. The intense heat and size of the blaze melted the siding from the neighboring building at 67 Ashford St., according to the department.

Crews battled the blaze for more than two hours, using multiple hoses to try to extinguish it. As flames continued to burn through the attic, all firefighters were ordered out of the building and attacked the fire from above with aerial ladders and a tower unit, the department said.

“Thick black smoke covers the building and fills the neighborhood as firefighters continue to battle this fire,” the department wrote in another post on X around 3:10 a.m.

By around 4:20 a.m., the department said, the fire was knocked down. Crews continued to attack the blaze from all sides, as water poured through the building.

The second heavy fire, which also reached three alarms, broke out at 418-420 Bowdoin St. in Dorchester. The blaze started in a three-family home that closely neighbors another three-family house, the department wrote in a series of posts to X starting at 6:10 a.m.

No one was hurt in that fire, but one person was displaced. The department did not immediately detail the estimated cost of the damages the fire caused.

Because of the close proximity of the two homes, crews worked to keep the fire from spreading through the neighboring building. Aerial and ground ladders, a tower unit and thousands of feet of hose were used to battle the blaze, the department noted.

By around 7:45 a.m., the department indicated the blaze was knocked down and firefighters would remain at the scene to check for any hot spots.

The Fire Investigation Unit of the department was at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze.

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