Boston Firefighters Injured, Dozens Displaced In South End


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Dozens of residents were displaced and several firefighters sustained minor injuries after a major fire broke out at a residence in Boston's South End.

According to Boston Fire Department, the 7-alarm fire started at around 3:30 a.m. at 1428 Columbia Road, and eventually spread to six surrounding buildings.

BFD Commissioner Jack Dempsey said five of those buildings are now considered a "total loss." Dempsey also said six firefighters were transported by Boston EMS with minor injuries. No other information on their conditions was made available.

Heavy, thick black smoke was drifting over the South End early Saturday morning, as fire crews worked to safely contain the flames and hot spots. By around 6 a.m., BFD said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was on scene to help support and coordinate services.

The MBTA provided a bus for the 38 displaced residents and one dog to take immediate shelter, and the Red Cross is helping with more long-term housing.

BFD said damages are estimated at $10 million. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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