6-Alarm Fire in East Boston Causes $1.2 Million in Damages

Fire crews knocked down a 6-alarm fire at Webster and Sumner Streets in East Boston on Wednesday morning after the blaze had sent heavy smoke billowing into the sky above that area.

The Boston Fire Department responded to the scene at approximately 8:35 a.m. and found flames in multiple houses at 102 Webster St. and 309 Sumner St. According to The Boston Globe, the fire also spread to “a mixed use building at 317 Sumner St.” before being knocked down.

The Globe report added that, at one point, all firefighters were ordered out of the buildings after there were concerns over a roof collapse. Once the fire was knocked down, the report said crews went back in to confirm that no one was inside.

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The Boston Fire Department said one firefighter was treated and taken to the hospital for a leg injury.

Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn estimated the damage at $1.2 million. Investigators are looking at “a possible elctrical short circuit” as the cause.

Pictures from the area showed crews working as heavy smoke billowed up from the scene.