Boston Fire Crews Respond To Burning High-Rise On Congress Street

Photo: Photo Courtesy of the Boston Fire Department.

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Saturday, the Boston Fire Department responded to a fire on One Congress Street in the downtown area, where it had spread to multiple areas of a high-rise building under construction.

Officials say the fire has been put out.

Fire officials say the blaze spread to multiple floors through the building's duct work and shafts, spurring firefighters to use thousands of feet of hose line to get water inside.

With Boston coming in at around 85 degrees on Saturday, the BFD said crews rotated to keep personnel from overheating in the warm weather. Officials say they used saws to cut open the duct work and reach the fire.

Boston Fire Commissioner Paul Burke says during a press conference that two firefighters were brought to the hospital for "heat-related" aliments.

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Burke said the fire began in a sixth floor utility shaft, then shot up to the roof 44 stories above.

This is the second fire at One Congress Street in the last couple months, and is the same location that had been the center of a public safety concern with public transit running underneath. In that case officials discovered a "severely deteriorated" support column, which caused interruptions for subway service.

The last fire was on June 24, when nearby streets and exits to I-93 had to be closed as crews worked to address a fire on the upper floors of the building.

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