BOSTON (CBS) – A woman is dead after a 3-alarm fire broke out early Sunday morning.
Six firefighters and nine residents were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The blaze started shortly after 6:30 a.m. at a home on Linden Street in Allston.
Boston Fire Department spokesperson Steven MacDonald said the woman who died in the fire was in the attic of the home. “The firefighters would not have been able to get into the attic where the woman was,” he said. “The fire, on arrival, was blowing out the window of the attic.”
Firefighters had trouble reaching the attic due to heavy flames, WBZ NewsRadio 1030 reports.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports
Boston Fire Department said some residents were jumping from a second story window in an attempt to escape.
MacDonald said 19 people were living in the 7- to 9-bedroom home. Six of the residents were Boston University students, he said.
The woman who died in the fire has not yet been identified but BU President Robert A. Brown reported the person who died in the fire was a student at the school. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the individual who has died and all the victims of the fire,” he said Sunday night in a prepared statement.
Firefighters were hurt after falling through the second floor of the home and landing on the first floor. Comrades had to rescue one of the firefighters, MacDonald said. “There were a lot of firefighters in the structure at that time,” he said. “We were trying to aggressively fight the fire.”
The Red Cross says they are assisting the residents and a cat. Boston University is taking care of the students’ food and housing needs., the Red Cross said.
There is no word yet on how the fire started.