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Six-alarm fire tears through Dorchester homes

Marie Street fire

At the Marie Street fire. Photo by BFD.

Boston firefighters responded at 4 a.m. to a vacant three decker at 8 Marie St., near Ronan Park, for what turned into a six-alarm fire that damaged four three-deckers on Marie and Fox streets and caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage.

No residents were hurt; one firefighter suffered an ankle injury, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Some 17 people were displaced by the fire, which started in 8 Marie St. and spread to 6 and 10 Marie. A three decker on Fox Street, some 70 feet away, also suffered damage.

The fire flared up again around 8:40 a.m. at 6 and 10 Marie, bringing a two-alarm response.

The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

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I live a few blocks away and I have heard neighbors complaining repeatedly about this 8 Marie St three-decker over the years. It caught fire some 10 years ago, and was left abandoned since then, blighting the neighborhood. The unscrupulous broker who owns it kept giving dubious excuses for not fixing it. Even if she couldn’t afford to fix it –which I doubt since she owns multiple properties- she could have sold it a long time ago and still made a bundle of money. Now it’s not just her house but the adjacent houses that are badly damaged with 17 lives left in shamble. I also wonder how did the fire start in an empty house at 4 AM? Let’s hope that the owner is held accountable for her actions.

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