A large fire ripped through two six-unit apartment buildings on Harvard Terrace, off Harvard Avenue and behind Brighton Avenue. By 6:25, the fire had gone to five alarms; by 6:50 p.m. to seven alarms. Fire commanders initially ordered firefighters off the roof, then, as the fire progressed, out of the more heavily engaged building.
Shortly after the seventh alarm was struck, firefighters were ordered out of the second building as the original building looked ready to collapse entirely.
Eighth and ninth alarms were struck shortly after 7:15 p.m.
Two firefighters were taken to the hospital, one with smoke inhalation, one with a shoulder injury, the Boston Fire Department reports. Three others were treated at the scene. Two bystanders were treated for minor injuries.
Ethan Long reported from a press conference with fire officials after the fire was knocked down.
Cause under investigation. "Could be a number of things." Originated from rear porch.
Fire started on first floor, rapidly expanded.
They will investigate the structural integrity of building before another search continues. Roof did collapse.
The department reports 54 people were displaced; the Red Cross set up a shelter at the Jackson Mann School.
Damage was estimated at $2 million; the cause is under investigation.
Firefighters from surrounding communities came into Boston to cover Boston fire stations.
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Andrea Crossan photographed the scene: