BOSTON (CBS) – Firefighters battled a six-alarm fire in the rear of two buildings in East Boston.
Crews responded at 8:35 a.m. to the rear of 102 Webster St. and 309 Sumner St. in East Boston for a building fire, the Boston Fire Department reported.
Smoke from the fire could be seen miles away.
The fire was in two houses. All of the residents got out safely.
Firefighters were ordered out of the building and attacked the fire from outside the buildings from several locations.
The two houses are set back in an alley requiring firefighters to fight the blaze from the roofs of neighboring buildings.
The house at 102 rear Webster St. was a single family home. The 309 Sumner St. building was a five-family apartment house, the fire department said. At least 20 people were displaced according to fire officials.
The city has set up a shelter for displaced residents at the community center at Orleans Street and Sumner Street.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports that one firefighter was taken from the scene on a stretcher and transported to Mass. General Hospital with a minor leg injury
Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens that fighting the East Boston fire was made tough because the neighborhood is so congested.
“It’s one of the most difficult neighborhoods in the city to fight fires in,” Finn said.
The commissioner said the cause of the fire appears to be “electrical, accidental” and estimated damage at about $1.2 million.
About 150 firefighters responded to the fire, Stevens reported.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens Reports