A massive six-alarm fire broke out in Charlestown in Boston that damaged many residential buildings. The fire was reported on Thursday afternoon in a four-story apartment of Bunker Hill and Sackville streets, reported ‘Boston Globe’, quoting Boston Fire Department officials.
No one was injured in the inferno, said the officials, adding that they evacuated the residents before the fire spread to near by buildings. However, one fire fighter was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for minor burns, added spokesperson MacDonald. Some of the fire fighters, who faced respiratory problems were also evacuated from the site, said the official.
Many of the buildings in the locality were gutted in the fire, they said. Fire Commissioner Joe Finn, in a press conference arranged hastily later in the day, said, the fire brigade is trying to put down the blaze in the basement of the first building that had caught fire.
The deadly fire destroyed two more buildings in the vicinity. A large fire brigade, more than 120 have been deployed in the site to fight the blaze. Eyewitnesses reported that a huge blaze had enveloped the buildings, when the fire brigade entered the area. A thick pile of smoke and dust had filled up the scene.
Most of the fire was located in the rear of the structure. MacDonald told ‘Boston Globe’ that the fire was spotted in the rear of the building that first caught fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Mayor Martin J. Walsh congratulated the fire brigade for their commitment.
“They were here fast and they potentially avoided a lot of problems,” Walsh told newsmen. He added that the area is densely developed. “I want to commend them,” the Mayor added.