Fire rips through South Boston homes

Fire on East 4 Street in South Boston

East 4 Street fire. Photo by El-Duce-O.

UPDATE, Tuesday morning: The Boston Fire Department reports the cause was self combustion by oily rags being stored in trash bags in the basement.

A brownstone being renovated at 797 East 4 St. in South Boston burst into flames around 10:25 p.m., in a fire that went to four alarms and damaged two adjoining buildings.

BFD reports no injuries. Five people in an adjoining building were displaced.

Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn, on scene, ordered a fourth alarm at 10:52 p.m. The fire was declared knocked down around 11:10 p.m.

Firefighters were ordered out of the building and off the roof.

The fire department estimates damage at $1 million.

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East 4 Street fire in South Boston

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East 4 Street fire in South Boston

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Great job BFD. No one seriously hurt!

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