A two-alarm fire on the seventh floor of the Forbes Building, 545 Centre St., reported around 1 p.m. forced the evacuation of residents today.
The fire was reported knocked down around 1:30 p.m.
The Boston Fire Department reports:
Fire Investigators have determined cause was careless disposal of smoking material. Chief estimates loss at $100,000.00.
Several residents in eighth-floor apartments were trapped by the heavy smoke; firefighters reached them and used fans and open windows to dissipate the smoke.