Five-alarm fire traps woman, destroys apartments on Mission Hill

Calumet fire. Photo by BFD.Calumet fire. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: Fire blamed on lint.

Firefighters braved both fire and ice early this morning when fire erupted on Calumet Street. The Boston Fire Department reports heavy damage to 37, 35, 39 and 41 Calumet, in a fire that was still causing trouble several hours after it was first reported around 12:45 a.m.

Not long after firefighters arrived:

Ladder 4 had a report of a person trapped on floor 2. They kicked in a door and found a woman.

She was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Channel 5 reports before firefighters arrived, two guys ran into one of the buildings to alert residents.

Officials estimated damage at $1.2 million.

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 00:45

Lost somewhere on Route 84

Boston Metro (@metrobos) reporter Steve Annear (@steveannear) tweeted at around 1:00pm this afternoon:

This tops my list of crazy decisions. And I've made many. On a doubledecker bus in the storm en route to #Nyc and the tires are spinning.

This was his update, at 1:31am:

Have now officially been on a bus to #nyc from #boston for 12.5 hours with no food or water and an hour on the snowy roads to go.

Cannibalism will be forgiven.

Citizen complaint of the day: The blase coyote of West Roxbury

Coyote Another West Roxbury resident takes note of the daytime-roaming coyote that seems completely at ease with modern civilization:

This coyote has been hanging around for a couple weeks. It is completely unafraid of humans and is out during the day. This makes me think that there is something wrong with it. This photo was taken in my neighborhood at the corner of Church and Rendall.

Wily coyote evades police capture in West Roxbury.

State of emergency: Snow comes down, power goes out

UPDATE: 364,000 customers without power as of 11 p.m.

Gov. Patrick has declared a state of emergency as tens of thousands of homes go dark and cars skid off roads.

The Mass. Emergency Management Agency reports 154,608 customers without power as of 7 p.m. That number probably went up around 8:30 p.m.; Bob Pepe reports:

Explosion seen from Rte. 128 south Westwood-Dedham...2 separate blasts. Lit up the sky.