An engine fire in a car parked next to 85 Lexington St. jumped to the house a foot away, causing an eight-alarm conflagration that also damaged two neighboring houses, the Boston Fire Department reports.
Firefighters, who started arriving around 7:20 p.m., were ordered out of the building; BWSC was summoned to try to increase water pressure for all the lines firefighters were aiming at the buildings to try to keep the fire from spreading.
The Red Cross reports about 33 people were displaced. Sacred Heart Church opened its doors as a temporary shelter for 22 of the residents, the American Red Cross reports.
No residents were injured; one firefighter was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
The fire department estimates total damage of about $750,000, with most of that at 85 Lexington. 89 Lexington had melted siding and smoke and water damage, while 83 Lexington had damage from fire, smoke and water.