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Six students displaced after fire damages Allston home

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  June 24, 2013 02:40 PM

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Six people were displaced after a fire damaged part of a two-story home on Ashford Street in Allston late Sunday night, according to city fire officials.

The American Red Cross assisted the six people who were described in a report from firefighters as "adult students," Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department, said Monday.

He said the report did not describe the displaced individuals further.

No injuries were reported.

The fire broke out on the first floor of a two-story, wood-frame house at 26 Ashford St. at about 10:50 p.m., MacDonald said.

He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Building inspectors for the city were scheduled to visit the home Monday, he said.

The fire broke out in a part of Allston hit by two serious house fires in recent months: one blaze in April killed one BU student and resulted in the home's landlord being cited for violating city housing rules; and another fire in Jan. 2012 at a house across the street sent seven students to the hospital, including one who suffered neurological problems after awaking from a coma.

After each of those fires, city officials have conducted special door-to-door campaigns to promote fire prevention and to inspect for health and safety violations.

A high concentration of college students live in that area of Allston, where city inspectors have said they frequently respond to reports of unsafe, unsanitary, and illegal living conditions.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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