Seven-alarm fire rips through East Boston apartment building
Firefighters are at 330 Chelsea St., where a fire quickly went to three alarms shortly before 2 p.m. About five minutes later, firefighters were ordered off the roof and a fourth alarm was ordered. After the roof collapsed and firefighters evacuated the building, a fifth alarm was ordered around 2:45; a sixth at 3:15 p.m.; a seventh at 3:25 when fire flared up in the original location.
Firefighters battled to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring buildings. Despire their best efforts, flames damaged one neighboring building. The Boston Fire Department estimated damage at $2.5 million.
Some 16 people are now without a home; the Red Cross was called in to help, as was an MBTA bus. No residents were injured, but three firefighters were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.