Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff
About 120 Boston firefighters were called to Bay Village this morning to fight a smoky basement fire that extended to the upper floors of a single-family home and spread through a basement wall into a neighboring home.
The fire inside 34 Church St. was discovered shortly before 11 a.m. The close quarters of the neighborhood and the age of the home and its cramped interior made it difficult for firefighters to gain control of the flames, so four alarms were struck, said fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald.
The cause of the fire, which apparently began in the basement, remains under investigation. MacDonald said the fire caused an estimated $750,000 in damage.
Firefighters had to break down a shared basement wall as they pursued the spreading fire, MacDonald said, forcing them to damage a "beautiful'' basement dining room in the adjoining building.
No injuries were reported. No one was home at the time the fire began, and a woman who was home in the adjoining building escaped unharmed, McDonald said
Bay Village resident Brian Boisvert said the sound of arriving fire engines drew him to the fire scene. A neighbor who had arrived earlier than he did reported seeing flames inside the building.
“There was a lot of smoke, basically,’’ said Boisvert. “You could smell it all around the neighborhood.’’
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