BOSTON (CBS) – Dozens of college students were forced out of their apartments early Monday morning after fire swept through their building.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

The alarms started going off at around 2:30 a.m. in a six-story building at Westland Avenue and Hemenway Street in the Fenway section of the city.

About 45 people, most of them students at The Boston Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music, scrambled to safety.

No one was hurt.

“A huge loud alarm went off and we all ran and our landlord was like, just get out as soon as you can and run. Honestly, it looked like it could have been so bad. It was just out of control,” resident Jenna Schoen told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

The fire started in a laundry chute in the basement and burned all the way up to the sixth floor and the roof.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

There’s no word yet on the cause, but it is not considered suspicious.

Damage is estimated at $400,000.

Residents may not be able to move back in for weeks.

Comments (3)
  1. njuguna muigai says:

    Laundry machines chutes should be cleaned so often since if they are clogged up they ignite due to much heat produced by machine. Also it is wise thing everyone to know things that can cause fire in apartment or place of business and I think firefighters can offering seminars regular and their work can easy.We loose a lot of money and even life due to fire

  2. Joe says:

    This is the best possible outcome anybody can hope for in a very intense city apartment building fire at 2am. All the alarms in the building seem to work as planned, everyone got out alive and without any serious injuries. According to this article, there were no firefighters killed or seriously injured. However, I’m sure today there are some very beat up and exhausted firefighters. That fire was no joke.

    Though there is serious damage to the building, it was saved and can be repaired. Some residents were allowed back in within 24 hours too try and save whatever personal belongings they could.

    Finally it doesn’t appear suspicious and the landlord was obviously at the scene, involved, cooperating and appears to have had the fire alarms in working order. The best fire is no fire at all. However, if it happens this is the best case scenario and outcome. Hats off to everyone involved and especially to Boston Fire.

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