Fire Consumes Multi-Family Home in Dorchester

A fire erupted at approximately 13:15 hours, Monday June 27 2022, and spread to every floor of a multi-family building at 59 Wales Street in Dorchester. The fire also extended to a neighboring home, which sustained serious damage. Boston Fire Alarm received numerous 911 calls, and struck Box 3396. While responding to the Box, firefighters reported that they could see smoke showing in the distance.

Within four minutes of the Box being struck, Engine 52 and Ladder 29 found the triple decker with heavy fire showing from the first and second floors. On arrival, Engine 52 commenced a ‘fast attack’ while also striking a 2nd Alarm on the orders of the Engine Lieutenant. Moments after arriving on scene, District 8 Chief Smith ordered a 3rd alarm to be struck as the fire progressed to the remainder of the building.

Primary searches of the fire building were negative, with all occupants safely evacuated prior to the fire department’s arrival. Additionally, firefighters searched and evacuated the neighboring buildings due to fears of the fire potentially spreading. The Rapid Intervention Team, also known as RIT, was put to work quickly due to the size of the fire, and Engine 53 and Ladder 26 responded as the additional RIT Companies.

Amidst the chaos on scene, Command requested that the Motor Squad also respond forthwith as a airhorn was malfunctioning and could not be shut off, making communication next to impossible. Approximately 15 minutes after the Box was struck, an update was provided to Fire Alarm.

Command reported they had a large 3 family wood frame with fire on all 3 floors. Additionally, fire had extended to the siding of the exposer on the bravo side of the building. The bulk of fire had been knocked down and firefighters were checking for extension with 4 lines run and all companies were to be held.

About 5 minutes later, Ladder 23 reported to command that there was two pockets of fire coming through the roof and requested a line brought immediately to the roof. As the fire seemed to reignite, Deputy Chief Shea ordered a 4th Alarm requesting an additional ladder truck to the scene.

In time, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and 4th, 3rd, and 2nd alarm companies began to make up as detail companies consisting of 2 engines and 2 ladder were brought in to monitor the building and ensure that it did not rekindle as well as wet down any hot spots that were not fully extinguished. In total over 13 Engine Companies, 7 Ladder Companies, 6 Fire Chief, a Tower Ladder, Rescue and other speciality units all responded to the Box. Boston EMS also stood by for the duration of the fire ready to provide medical aid to members and residents on scene as well as assisting in rehab operations.

Firefighters were able to rescue a pet bird as well as a cat from the fire. In total, 16 people have been displaced and are being assisted by the Boston Office of Neighborhood Services and the RedCross of MA. The fire is currently under investigation by the Boston Fire Department Fire Investigation / Arson Unit. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported at this time.