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BU Student Killed In Allston Apartment Fire Identified

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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston University has identified the student killed in a weekend fire in Allston.

Binland Lee, 22, of Brooklyn, New York, was a senior studying marine biology.

Binland Lee

Binland Lee. (Photo courtesy: Beth Fertig / WNYC)

She died in a fire at a three-story home on Linden Street early Sunday morning.

Lee was a former vice president of the BU Marine Science Association and was scheduled to graduate in September, according to the university.  She graduated in 2009 from Brooklyn Technical High School, a specialized school that accepts students who pass a rigorous entrance exam.

Lee’s roommate, Erica Ross, returned to the house Monday morning and told WBZ-TV she was overcome by the sight of the damage.

She lives in the upstairs apartment, but was not home when the fire started around 6:30 a.m Sunday.

Lee was in the attic apartment when the three-alarm fire broke out.  Firefighters said they could not reach her due to the heavy flames.

Six firefighters and nine residents were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said 19 people were living in the 7- to 9-bedroom home.

Six of the residents were Boston University students, he said.

Boston Inspectional Services is investigating whether there were any code violations at the home that may have contributed to the fire.

The commissioner of inspectional services says the landlord dropped the ball.

“We have no record the landlord for this building ever requested a rental re-inspection as required by law,” Brian Glascock said

By law, inspections are required each time a new tenant moves in, but the building had not been inspected since 1992, according to Boston Inspectional Services.

There is no word yet on a cause.

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