At approximately 23:45 Hrs Tuesday night, the Boston Fire Department struck Box: 2121 for a report of a building fire in the vicinity of Harrison Ave & Northampton St.
Boston firefighters quickly responded and found the address of 72 Northampton St, on the corner of Northampton St. & Reed St. First arriving companies, Ladder 4 & Engine 3, were met with heavy fire showing from the roof of an approximately 100×100, 5-story ordinary construction condo building.
Engine 3’s Capt. Barrett promptly ordered a 2nd Alarm upon arrival and advised Fire Alarm that Engine 3 would be stretching a line over Ladder 4’s stick.
As companies ascended to the roof over ladders and through the interior of the building, Companies began hooking up to standpipes and conducting primary searches.
Companies reported to command that they had water on the fire but heavy fire was still persistently “blowing through the roof.” C7 Deputy Chief Hocking ordered a 3rd Alarm be struck.
As companies made progress through an aggressive fire attack, they were able to knock down the fire and begin checking for extension. Fortunately firefighters were able to contain the fire to the roof.
Boston Firefighters Local 718 President Sam Dillon speaking in regards to the incident said:
“Just prior to midnight, Local 718 Firefighters responded to a large fire in the Lower Roxbury neighborhood. Due to a coordinated aggressive attack, Firefighters contained the blaze and prevented what could have been a major loss. Our Members demonstrated once again how they are the skilled professionals the citizens of Boston deserve their Firefighters to be.”
Thankfully no injuries were reported but unfortunately, 50 people along with multiple pets have been displaced due to the fire and the damage to the 32 unit building. Units on the third, fourth, and fifth floors sustained heavy water damage and the entire building was affected by the smoke.
Most residents struggled to find a place to stay as some had pets or couldn’t afford a hotel. A few residents stayed at Congregación León de Judá, a church next door for the night. Residents were able to return to the building the next morning to gather some of their belongings. The cause of the fire remains unknown and is being investigated by the Boston Fire Investigation Unit.