Three brave firefighters were injured in a large fire that occurred in a Massachusetts Ave apartment building in the Back Bay on February 1, 2014.
According to reports, the fire started at approximately 2:00 PM when people improperly disposed of smoking materials on the fifth floor of the apartment building. The Boston Fire Department responded to the fire, which quickly spread to the sixth floor. Witnesses stated that they saw flames erupting from broken windows of the old building.
Firefighters took about a half an hour to beat down the blaze, though efforts were complicated by narrow stairwells and a lack of sprinklers throughout the living areas. According to authorities, many old buildings in Boston have been grandfathered in to contemporary building codes and are not required to have some safety devices such as sprinklers.
Of the three firefighters that sustained injuries from battling the fire, one went to the hospital for smoke inhalation, another for a burned neck, and the other went for a wrist injury. The building was occupied and people were inside when the fire began. Thankfully, the smoke detectors were able to warn the residents to evacuate the building. The building contained 30 apartments and all of them will be uninhabitable for the foreseeable future according to Fire Department spokesman Steve McDonald. McDonald estimates the damage to be about $2.5 million.
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