8-alarm fire contained in East Boston

Crews contained an eight-alarm fire that damaged three buildings on Lexington St. in East Boston Wednesday night. No injuries were reported.

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.

The flames eventually spread to two neighboring buildings at 83 and 89 Lexington St.

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.

NECN meteorologist Joe Joyce tweeted that heavy winds could have been a reason why the blaze escalated so quickly.

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.

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