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.
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.
Rear of 102 Webster St http://t.co/BTj9xTb2IJ— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) July 30, 2014
A picture of the fire on Sumner Street from Charlestown. pic.twitter.com/8c4VpB8yE4— David DeAngelis (@davidjdeangelis) July 30, 2014
Look out my office window and what do I see? Fire in east boston. Looks to be around sumner st. pic.twitter.com/mzAs1xjck8— accident haveinger (@bonerhitler) July 30, 2014
East Boston Fire Sumner Street pic.twitter.com/0NegQJxE25— Nick Taylor (@ntaylor360) July 30, 2014
Not good. Fire in East Boston, view from harbor. pic.twitter.com/whM9a3VODQ— Esten Perez (@ImpeachEllsbury) July 30, 2014
Looks like a fire across the river in Boston. I think that is East Boston. pic.twitter.com/ei0yVxt4N7— Pete Graham (@pgraham) July 30, 2014