Dudley Square building catches fire

Fire on Roxbury Street in Roxbury

Photo by DTP. See comments for more photos.

Boston firefighters responded around 12:20 p.m. to a vacant building at 33 Roxbury St. for what turned into a two-alarm fire. It was declared knocked down shortly after 12:40 p.m.

The Boston Fire Department estimates damage at $200,000 and says the cause is under investigation.

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New building

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10 Roxbury St is a fully occupied residential building that was built last year. Maybe the fire is actually in a vacant building nearby?

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Thanks for the correction

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The address they're giving is definitely 10 Roxbury, but maybe I misheard what a police officer said.

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You okay?

Thanks for the correction.

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33 Roxbury Street?

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Is it 33 Roxbury Street? When I was a kid I used to loose my keys often and I would get replacements at Kelly & Brummitt. I can tell the fire is there because of that iconic green paint.

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Actually

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It is called Brummitt and Kelly.

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Perhaps

Perhaps this is 31 and 35 Roxbury Street. Owned by someone who lives in Dedham, per the city assessing site.

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agreed

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Yup. Just checked same thing. The side where the firefighters are is 31-33 Roxbury St. It is attached to #35 (also vacant, small sq ft. same level of lack of exterior maintanence). All same owner.

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Not just lacking exterior maintenance

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Last time I walked by, it had the red and white slash sign on it indicating a structure that is dangerous to enter.

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Hi,

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Hi,
31-33 is one building, it was not vacant. It was Sunday, so it was empty and not open. It houses a Locksmith Shop Brummitt-Kelly.

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Is the locksmith there gone?

Wasn't there some kind of locksmith shop in that building not that long ago? The building has looked empty for years but there was still a business on the ground floor at some point in the past 6-7 years.

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I believe so

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I got a set of keys made there in March !

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Not dead yet!

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The locksmith was still around. He's not open that much but as of a few months ago he was still in operations. He does a lot of locksmithing at different locations and then comes to the shop for a while - so the hours have been a little spotty. He has some great stories of Dudley in the old days. He inherited the shop from his father and claims that his family's locksmithing goes back to ancestors who were smiths on the Isle of Man. He was trying not to sell-out (the Guscotts next door were trying to get him to sell - part of their empire building plan of a huge building next door) -- but he had kids or grandkids that were looking at college expenses, so I imagine he might now cash out. Sad. Another piece of character sucked out of the n'hood.

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Yes

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I saw the doors open with the key guy inside about a month ago.

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Address

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It is 33 Roxbury St.

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