BOSTON (CBS) – Firefighters continue working at the scene of a massive fire at an under construction apartment building in Dorchester.
Flames broke out Wednesday at the Treadmark Building on Dorchester Ave. and firefighters worked through the night to knock down the fire and battle hot spots.
“It was a very difficult fire to fight,” said Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn.
Dorchester Ave. remained closed Thursday morning from Peabody Square to Gallivan Blvd.
Firefighters were forced to fight the blaze from outside because it was too dangerous to go in the building.
Officials say the building was fully up to code, though the style of construction caused flames to spread quickly.
“These buildings are relatively safe buildings. They are lightweight constructed buildings, which make it very difficult from a firefighting perspective,” said Finn during a Thursday press conference.
“It meets the code. It’s an accepted building practice. As long as it’s protected and you have fire protection systems and they’re functioning, these are safe buildings.”
There were sprinklers in the building, but they had not yet been turned on which helped the flames spread quickly. The fire alarm system was scheduled to be tested on Thursday.
Part of the investigation will be determining whether the sprinklers had been turned off, or if they malfunctioned.
There were 32 condos on the top two floors of the building which were already sold.
First time home buyer Jill Grozalsky told WBZ she was set to move in August after putting down 5% on her dream condo.
“When they weren’t able to contain it within the first couple of hours I really just prepared myself for the worst,” Grozalsky said. “I did have a sixth floor unit, it’s scary and there are just a lot of unknowns.”
Almost all of the apartments on the lower floors were all rented out, and a business was set to move in on the first floor when the building opened on July 12.
It is too early to determine the cause of the fire.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says this incident can serve as a learning experience for how firefighters battle flames at similar structures in the city.
“Very grateful that no one got hurt, that no one was living here at this moment in time,” said Walsh.