Fire rips through Back Bay brownstone

17 Comm. Ave. Photo by BFD.17 Comm. Ave. Photo by BFD.

A three-alarm fire sparked by a heater and reported around 9:20 a.m. at 17 Commonwealth Ave. caused no injuries but did an estimated $5 million in damage, according to the Boston Fire Department.

The fire spread through ductwork to the fourth floor of the five-story brownstone, the department reports.

Around 10:20 a.m., after the bulk of the fire had been knocked down, the third-floor ceiling collapsed, likely because of the weight of water used to combat the fire; no firefighters were underneath it.

The department says the one resident home at the time escaped without injury. The department adds:

Investigators determined cause to be an in-floor radiant heater mounted in the 4th floor ceiling to heat a 5th floor room.

The fire from down Comm. Ave. Photo by Bob Mulhall.The fire from down Comm. Ave. Photo by Bob Mulhall.

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    BFD photos

    It's one thing for the BFD to take photos at a fire scene, but why do they post them (particularly interior shots) on the internet?
    Soon you are going to see "Please no Photos" signs on peoples properties.

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