BOSTON (CBS) – Six people were taken to area hospitals following a massive fire in Allston Saturday morning.

Fire broke out in the building at 60 Quint Avenue just after 6 a.m.

In Photos: Allston Fire Injures Six

According to the Boston Fire Department, a couple of residents in the building wound up trapped by the fast-moving blaze, which quickly escalated to a five-alarm response by firefighters.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

As firefighters were arriving with Ladder 14, they attempted to position a 35-foot ground ladder in the back of the building while battling thick, blinding smoke conditions.

Boston Fire says a woman who had to jump from a third floor window suffered critical injuries.

“She had really tough conditions there.  She couldn’t wait for the ladder to arrive at the window,” Boston Fire Department Spokesperson Steve MacDonald said.  “She jumped trying to jump onto the ladder. She missed and fell to the roof of that porch… bounced off of there and landed on top of the Lieutenant from Ladder 14.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports 

The injured lieutenant was also taken to the hospital. He has been released and will remain off duty with a back injury.

Four additional fire fighters were taken to the hospital. Two suffered elbow injuries, one got debris in his eye and the last suffered a back injury.

3rd floor Six Injured In Massive House Fire In Allston

A ladder leads to the third floor window a woman jumped out of during a fire in Allston. (Photo Credit: Boston Fire Dept/Twitter)

A man who jumped from a second floor window and three people who suffered smoke inhalation were also transported to area hospitals.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building is considered a complete loss.  Fire officials estimate the damage to be around $650,000.

A contractor will remove the third floor of the building in advance of the storm tomorrow.


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