The Huntington News reports on a proposal by the Mission Hill Problem Property Task Force for a fund to which Northeastern, Wentworth, MassArt and Mass. College of Pharmacy would make contributions to repair vandalism. Northeastern's John Tobin (yes, that John Tobin) says it's unfair to assume that all vandalism on the Hill is the fault of college students.
The Boston Fire Department reports a lint buildup in a second-floor dryer ignited on Calumet Street early this morning, starting a conflagration that left 94 people on two streets homeless and that did more than $1 million in damage.
The cause of the 5 alarm fire at 37-39 Calumet St. was a clothes dryer on the 2nd floor of #37. Specifically, a build-up of lint.
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.
Ed. note: On our way back from Allston Christmas festivities today, we swung through Mission Hill. Notable sight: A garbage truck, staffed by eight or nine guys in Northeastern shirts, who were just tossing chairs and couches into the beast's gaping maw.
It's as if we've been hit by a hurricane of slobbery. Citizens Connect this morning is just filled with reports of mounds of filth and vermin, including:
An alert citizen reports this morning that somebody took offense to the Hubway bike-rental station outside the Brigham Circle Diner on Huntington Avenue.
A Mission Hill man who took part in a drug-related robbery came packing a gun but also used a glass bong to subdue his victim, Suffolk County prosecutors charged today.
Michael Finklea, 20, was arraigned yesterday in West Roxbury District Court on charges of home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the June 2 incident, in which another Mission Hill man was charged last month.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Saturday's the last day for the Mission Hill eatery.
Boston Police report busting up a rousing good time at a pre-finals bash on Mission Hill early this morning.
James Hogan asks:
Does anyone know where you can fill up a propane gas tank for a grill around Mission Hill area?
Boston Police report arresting six college students for a Mission Hill party that had moved onto the streets and featured a price list for the beer being handed out in red cups.
Boston Police report that when officers were booking a Worcester man today after he'd been nabbed for allegedly trying to break into a Parker Street residence, they found "a large amount of cash in his possession" and a deposit slip from a Watertown bank that had been robbed earlier in the morning.
Richard Bonet, 25, was arrested after somebody called police to report a guy breaking into 682 Parker St. shortly before noon. Police say officers arrived before he succeeded, and that they caught up with him after a brief foot chase.
One resident was brought to the hospital with possible smoke inhalation, the department says. Four residents of the three-story brick building had to find new places to sleep.
The department says the cigarette was on a rear porch when it started the fire, called in around 4 a.m. Damage was estimated at $300,000.
City Councilor Mike Ross reported around 6:15 p.m. that 900 of the 1,114 Mission Hill residents who lost power have their lights back. Nstar is bringing in generators for some customers whose problems will take longer to fix.
Boston Police report a worker on scaffolding outside the fourth floor of the Neville House on Vining Street plunged 30 feet when a plank from above hit the plank he was on, shattering it and sending him downward. He was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital and is expected to survive, police say.