Shortly before 17:00 hours this evening, Boston Fire responded to call for a structure fire at 25 Southwood Street in Roxbury, first arriving companies reported heavy fire showing. Just minutes after arriving a second and then third alarm were subsequently ordered for Box 2157 as fire engulfed the 3-story wood framed 6 family home.
Strong winds fueled the fire, causing difficult conditions for fire fighters battling the blaze. As the fire grew, all companies were ordered out of the building and off the roof with concerns about the structural integrity of the structure becoming unstable. At one point a Mayday was transmitted for members down on the Delta side of the building but was cancelled shortly.
Multiple deck guns, ladder pipes an large diameter hoses were used to help contain the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings. Commisioner Dempsey took over command of the attack shortly after the roof of the structure collapsed, with all companies continuing their defensive attack in attempts to contain the fire from spreading.
Over an hour later, the heavy bulk of the fire was reported to have been knocked down, with crews beginning the extensive overhaul that is expected to last long into the night and morning.
Boston EMS was on scene for injuries, as of now, one firefighter and one resident have been reported to have been taken to local area hospitals with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Additionally a total of 6 residents, and 4 children were displaced, with the MA Red Cross assisting with placement of the victims.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by BFD-FIU and no further information is available at this time. Thank you to our affiliate Hook & Irons Fire Photography for these great images.