Thursday, 4:30 PM
Three burned in Dorchester apartment blaze
By David Abel and Raja Mishra, Globe Staff
Homicide and arson investigators tonight are probing a Dorchester apartment fire that left three Vietnamese immigrants -- including a 1-year-old girl -- with burns, fire and police officials said.
The fire ripped through the first-floor apartment at 47 Dix Street, leaving an elderly woman with about 20 percent of her body covered with burns, while the man and child suffered "significant" burns, said Boston Fire Acting District Chief Paul Carey. Officials did not release the names of the victims.
The man and girl were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital's burn unit, where they were listed last night in critical condition. The woman was transported to the Brigham and Women's Hospital for treatment.
Boston firefighters received a 911 call at 5:46 p.m. The fire began at the rear of the apartment in a kitchen, said Carey, who estimated the damage at $10,000. He said smoke detectors in the apartment appeared to be working.
Fire officials characterized the blaze as a small fire, saying it was extinguished in less than an hour. Singed clothing last night was clumped in front of the apartment's entrance.
The second- and third-story apartments in the triple-decker were undamaged.