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Boston firefighters responded to Ellington Street in Dorchester for what turned into a six-alarm fire in two three deckers around 3:50 p.m.
The Boston Fire Department reports the fire started at the rear of 21 Ellington and jumped to 19 Ellington.
The department reports 29 residents were displaced and one had to be transported to a local hospital.
Peter Recore spotted the smoke from the top of Peters Hill in the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale:
Fire crews from surrounding communities, including Quincy, Brookline, Dedham and Needham came into Boston to cover some of the Boston firehouses emptied as crews responded to the fire.
A Brookline truck responded with one from Boston to a brush fire in Allston's Ringer Park around 4:50 p.m., not long after Quincy firefighters responded to a three-car crash on Morrissey Boulevard.