BOSTON (CBS) — Five people, including one firefighter, were sent to the hospital Monday night after an unattended candle started a fire in an apartment building in Boston’s South End.

The fire started just before 6:30 p.m. in a brick apartment building on Yarmouth Street. The fire alarm in the building quickly sending residents into the street. “Just flames, flames coming out, bursting out,” said resident George Katsilieris.

When crews got there they say they saw fire on the fourth floor. A woman in the apartment where the fire started was burned on her face, two of her children suffered smoke inhalation, and all were transported to the hospital. 

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

“She was the last one to get out,” said neighbor Jocelyn Choate. 

“I didn’t know she was burned until we got downstairs.  I thought it was just soot.  I think she was in shock,” she said. 

A Boston firefighter was also injured fighting the blaze. A fifth person, an adult, was also taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. No word on any of their conditions.

Residents in all third and fourth floor apartments had to make other arrangements for the night due to smoke and water damage.  Residents say it spread so quickly many didn’t have time to put on their shoes. 

Damage is estimated to be about $200,000. 

Investigators say it started on the top floor by an unattended candle.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano contributed to this report.

Comments (22)
  1. Mike says:

    George katsilieris is a hero

  2. jack of all trades says:

    Just curious why Beth Germano didn’t give the address of the fire, and at the end of the report she said she was reporting from the Back Bay. I’m certainly not a journalist, but don’t you think the 1st thing you could report is the address and at very least get the neighborhood correct.

    I thought the whole report was lacking.

    I’m quite sure i could do better. Sign me up!

  3. Peow says:

    They forgot to mention georges dramatic guitar rescue

  4. Stephon says:

    There are only three people that come to mind after reading this. Mother theresa of calcutta, jesus of nazereth and george of w. Yarmouth st

  5. Trevor Burnaby says:

    George K has a charming Greek Smile!!!

    1. Stephon says:

      Trevor burnaby wears womens clothes

  6. Mr Mortimer says:

    George Katsilieris had the Largest hog I’ve ever seen in any boys locker room. Real healthy member.

  7. Jen Tonucci says:

    George and I have had the most passionate relationship for over the last 6 years. I love you George! I’m so happy you are OK.

  8. Mike McMullen says:

    311 is ill!

  9. Kevin Foley says:

    I have purple lips.

  10. Molly McCarthy Egan says:

    I will kill Jen Tonucci! That’s my man. Keep your filthy mits off him!

  11. James zuger says:

    Geeze louise george you left a lasting image in my head and heart. You remember that intimate night we spent at the duck pond. A camp fire, rain on a blue tarp and you looking deep into my blue eyes. You made a man of me that with your gentle masculine greek touch. You were my first, my last, and my only.

  12. Rebecca Black says:

    It’s friday

  13. Rebecca Black says:

    Seven a.m., waking up in the morning
    Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
    Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal

  14. Adam from Maine says:

    I grew up in juvie Bro…

  15. Rebecca Black says:

    Kickin’ in the front seat
    Sittin’ in the back seat
    Gotta make my mind up
    Which seat can I take?

  16. Dustin says:

    I take go-kart racing very seriously.

  17. Rich Hamaty says:

    Fire is real hot.

  18. Danny Bonaduce says:

    It’s weird because horses kind of come and go in my life

  19. Charlie sheen says:

    I was banging 7 gram rocks, that’s how I role!

  20. Doug says:

    George is my North Star. He can guide me through any obstacle life sets in front of me.

    I love you

  21. George Michael says:

    I feel so unsure as I take your hand an lead you to the dance floor.
    As the music dies something in your eyes
    Calls to mind a silver screen and you’re its sad goodbye.
    I’m never gonna dance again
    guilty feet have got no rhythm

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