Six-alarm fire engulfs three East Boston apartment buildings, 25 people displaced

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A six-alarm fire in East Boston ripped through a trio of multi-family buildings early Monday, Displacing 25 people and drawing around 100 firefighters into the dawn blaze, fire officials said. One person was rescued from a residence on the second floor.

The Boston Fire Department began tweeting about the blaze at 183 Maverick St. just before 4 a.m., writing that a “severe fire” on all three floors of this residence had spread to a neighboring building. Minutes later, firefighters tweeted that all businesses had been ordered out of the building, as thick smoke and flames billowed “through the roof”.

The blaze eventually damaged three residential buildings, fire officials said, forcing the department to attack the flames with multiple “lightning guns.” Firefighters said 25 people had been moved and there were no injuries to report.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation as of noon Monday, according to Boston Fire Department spokesman Brian Alkins. He said a cause would not be established on Monday as investigators were still waiting to enter the building early Monday afternoon.

Boston Fire Marshal John Dempsey told reporters at the scene that sub-freezing temperatures made it harder for crews to fight the fire. One of the fire trucks at the scene was rendered inoperable when it became covered in ice from nearby pipes. This ice also blanketed the area around the burning buildings, causing slippery conditions.

At Large Councilwoman Erin Murphy congratulated the firefighters who responded.

She tweeted thanks to Local 718, the Boston firefighters union, for “for your service to our @CityOfBoston I appreciate you all! I watched, in the freezing cold, as you rushed into the burning building and rescued the residents, then brought the fire under control so it didn’t spread through the block. Good work!”

Firefighters, meanwhile, tweeted that the Red Cross was helping displaced residents find alternative accommodation.

Globe Staff’s Colleen Cronin and Globe correspondent Matt Yan contributed to this report.


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