On Sunday afternoon at approximately 14:15 hours Boston EMS Ambulance 22 came upon a structure fire at 18 Harvard Street in Dorchester. Immediately, the EMTs radioed Dispatch and requested Boston Fire and Police respond to their location.
The EMTs jumped into action while waiting for additional responding units, helping evacuate and get the residents to safety. There was heavy fire showing by the time Firefighters arrived on scene; however, all 11 occupants had been safely evacuated thanks to Boston EMS by this time.
Firefighters began to battle the blaze under difficult conditions due to the heavy wind. The main body of fire was knocked down and crews began overhauling the structure; however, the difficult conditions allowed the fire to extend to the neighboring buildings – forcing other occupants to evacuate as well.
Smoke could be seen pouring from the roof, and firefighters quickly began attacking the remaining blaze from both the roof and interior. All together a total of 23 people were displaced, with MA Red Cross assisting with services. At this time the cause of the fire is still under investigation by Boston Fire FIU.