Crews contained an eight-alarm fire that damaged three buildings on Lexington St. in East Boston Wednesday night. No injuries were reported.
Heavy fire contained to primary fire building and is bring knocked down. Several master streams and blitz guns in operation— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) April 10, 2014
A home at 85 Lexington Street went up in flames at around 7:23 p.m. and quickly escalated from six alarms to seven and then eight within the first hour, the Boston Fire Department tweeted.
East Boston 6 alarms at 7:45 pm http://t.co/ipStNMG68N— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) April 9, 2014
Response at 7:23 to 85 Lexington St. East Boston. Smoke showing on arrival. 2 1/2 story wood frame house.— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) April 9, 2014
Now an 8th alarm with two extra ladders ordered http://t.co/PJ55EVKeKb— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) April 10, 2014
The flames eventually spread to two neighboring buildings at 83 and 89 Lexington St.
83 Lexington, a 2 1/2 story wood frame house received some fire, smoke and water damage.— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) April 10, 2014
89 Lexington, a 3 decker, received melted siding, smoke and water damage.— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) April 10, 2014
The Boston Globe reported that the fire may have started in a car. Fire Department Spokesman Steve MacDonald told the Globe a car was “fully engulfed in a nearby alley when firefighters arrived.” The report also said a 13-year-old witness said “the flames just started in the engine. It just, like burst in flames.”
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was at the scene. He told the Globe the fire was reminiscent of a Back Bay fire late last month that killed two firefighters. The report also noted that an official from the fire department said firefighters were “on edge” and “operations were very deliberate” after the recent fatal fire.
Several people tweeted that a different car was parked in front of a fire hydrant, causing issues for crews responding to the blaze. Pictures from the scene show fire lines going through the windows of the vehicle.
At the fire in Boston...take THAT you dinguspic.twitter.com/JvV3weh2oQ— Kyle Faucher (@kyle_faucher) April 10, 2014
NECN meteorologist Joe Joyce tweeted that heavy winds could have been a reason why the blaze escalated so quickly.
NW winds have been gusting 20-30 mph at Logan Airport. breezy winds for the fire fighters in East Boston pic.twitter.com/SnyNTdMdi0— Joe Joyce (@JoeJoyceNECN) April 10, 2014
After getting the fire under control, the Boston Fire Department tweeted that the fire, smoke, and water damage would come out to an estimated $750,000.
Chief estimates a combined damage of $750,000.00 Main fire was t 85 Lexington.— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) April 10, 2014