Boston Firefighters are responding to a nine-alarm fire on Harvard Terrace near the 100 block of Brighton Ave. that started just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Fire officials are asking residents to stay away from Brighton Avenue between Linden Street and Harvard Avenue, as well as to Cambridge Street to Commonwealth Avenue. Commuters should expect grid lock on Cambridge Street from Lincoln Street to Union Square in Allston.

Officials arrived at the scene of 12 and 16 Harvard Terrace just after 5:45 p.m., reporting “heavy fire.”

The building is described as three-story brick apartment building, with the initial fire beginning on the structure’s rear porch and extending up to the roof through its second and third floors.


A portion of the building reportedly collapsed, though it wasn’t immediately clear whether it was a roof or a wall of the building. Firefighters established a safety perimeter around the building to prepare for any possible further collapse.


At one point, responders were ordered out of the building due to safety concerns. Five firefighters were treated for injuries, with three treated at the scene and two other taken to area hospitals for a shoulder injury and smoke inhalation.

Up to 54 residents were reportedly displaced in the blaze, and two bystanders were reportedly treated for minor injuries.

Firefighters continued to deal with heavy smoke over two hours into their arrival at the scene of the fire:


The nine-alarm fire is the city’s first since a Back Bay blaze killed Boston Firefighters Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33 in April.