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Dozens Of College Students Escape Fenway Apartment Fire

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The fire started in a laundry chute in the basement and burned all the way up to the roof. (Image courtesy: Mark Corsillo)

The fire started in a laundry chute in the basement and burned all the way up to the roof. (Image courtesy: Mark Corsillo)

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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.

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