One man was found dead inside 105 Murdock St. The department says a neighbor may have prevented a worse toll by propping a ladder against the side of the building before firefighters arrived:
Two residents from the top floor came down that ladder as the firefighters were arriving. This person no doubt saved people.
The department adds the fire and death are now under investigation by its officers, the Boston Police homicide unit and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office - routine for a death like this.
The department reports 14 people lived just in the top floor and attic of the building, with 8 more people on the first and second floors.
As firefighters were battling the blaze, a car crashed into a firetruck at the scene. The department reports five firefighters, two people in the car and two residents were taken to the hospital.
The department estimates damage at $700,000 for 105 Murdock and $170,000 for 107 Murdock.
Firefighters battling the blaze (photo by BFD):
Smoke rising above the area (photo by Aubrey Cole):