Boston firefighters were forced into action as they battled flames in frigid temperatures at a Jamaica Plain home. The Boston Fire Department tweeted that flames began at the Boylston Street building around 4:05 p.m. Thursday afternoon, with fire showing from the second floor of the two-and-a-half story home.
No one was injured in the fire, but four people were displaced as a result on one of the coldest days of the year. Two residents who live on the first floor of the home say they got out of the building early after their dog’s barking warned them of the flames.
“Yeah, Belinda, she’s the hero!” James Richardson said. “We were inside, we were just hanging out. The way we heard about it was Belinda started barking, we heard a sound, kind of like a popping sound, something falling. My natural instinct is to look outside the window and I saw flames.”
Flames poured from the second story window, but firefighters were able to put out the fire in just under an hour. But, the challenges they face in frigid temperatures make it much harder for crews, with the department calling two alarms for extra help. “Frozen hose lines, frozen equipment were the biggest challenges,” Boston Fire District Chief Pat Nichols said. “And, of course, frozen sidewalks, and of course, making everything slippery.”
Meanwhile, the people that called the building their home were left displaced on the chilly night, but said several friends and family members had already offered up places to stay. “It was very surreal,” Noah Bondy said. “I felt, it was like an out of body experience to be like, ‘My house is on fire.’ It’s not something that you think is really going to happen to you.” Fire officials say the cause is under investigation, but said the home is not a total loss.