Fire at East Boston casket company prompts evacuations, subway closure

Fire department officials say the fire at the New England Casket Company was reported at about 3 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters battle a massive blaze at the New England Casket Company in East Boston.

BOSTON (AP) — A powerful blaze at a casket company in Boston has forced the evacuation of residents and impacted subway service.

Fire department officials say the fire at the New England Casket Company in the East Boston neighborhood was reported at about 3 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters battling the blaze at East Boston’s New England Casket Company.

Thick, black smoke and flames could be seen pouring out of the building and its roof hours later. Fire officials say as many as 100 firefighters from Boston and neighboring Chelsea are attacking the blaze from multiple angles.

An evacuated resident covers her mouth as she exits the neighborhood down wind of the massive fire in New England Casket Company on Bennington Street.

Some area residents were evacuated to a nearby school because of the heavy smoke.

The regional transit system also reported that the Blue Line subway was suspended between the Orient Heights and Wonderland stops with shuttle buses replacing train service.

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