Four-alarm fire heavily damages Bay Village building

District chief at fireDistrict chief at fire scene. By Courtney Sacco.

A fire that broke out shortly before 11 a.m. at 34 Church St. quickly spread to all four floors and the basement and went to four alarms before it was brought under control about a half-hour later. The home's occupants were not home at the time, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The department estimates the fire caused $750,000 in damage and says it sent two firefighters to the hospital, one with a back and shoulder injury, the other with a cut leg. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Photo copyright Courtney Sacco. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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      Raising the Village

      So, the marker to the right (his left) of the firefighter describes how hundreds of homes in Bay Village were raised 18 feet (put on stilts) in the 1860's because water flooded the neighborhood after the Back Bay was filled in. It's a fascinating piece of Boston history you don't hear too much about.

      Wikipedia doesn't have a great description of the neighborhood but it's worthy of a read:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_Village,_Boston

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