At approximately 13:18 hours Boston Firefighters responded to calls for a structure fire at 1339 Blue Hill Ave in in Mattapan. On arrival crews found heavy fire and smoke showing from the 4th floor of the occupied structure.
Firefighters quickly jumped into action, attacking the blaze from multiple angles. A primary search yielded no results and lucky all residents were able to safely evacuate the building with out major injuries.
Exterior operations continued as the fire spread throughout the fourth floor. Firefighters could be seen on the roof as well as operating deck guns, ladders and other hoses.
Images provided courtesy of Live Boston Associate Matt Kaminsky:
The fight was harder than usual by what fire officials described as hoarding conditions. â€œI know there was a couch behind the door that they were trying to push so that caused a little bit of a delay. You know, typical room, just a lot of junk,â€ said Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hocking. I
Heavy smoke filled the entire neighborhood, with visibility compromised. At one point firefighters were evacuated from the roof, which eventually collapsed into the structure. Finally, after hours of work, the fire was knocked down with out any major injuries.
At one point Boston Fire deployed their new drone which can pinpoint hotspots from above. The Live Boston team also had a drone on scene and were able to capture some incredible images seen below.
A total of 13 apartments were destroyed in the fire, and 40 residents were displaced. Boston EMS who were on scene standing by did transport one resident for evaluation.
No further information is available and the cause of the Inferno remains under investigation by Boston Fireâ€™s FIU. The total cost of the damage caused by the fire has not been released.