South End House of Hoarders Erupts in Flames Wednesday Night

On Wednesday, September 14th, 2022, at approximately 22:33 Hours, the Boston Fire Department struck Box: 1662 for a report of fire at 1740 Washington Street in the South End: a Pine St. boarding house.

Within minutes, Engine 3 arrived first on scene to find light smoke showing from a 5-story brick occupied structure. Ladder 4 established command and quickly went to work. After arriving on scene, Car 4 assumed command, managing the incident.

Companies found fire on the third floor and were also met with heavy hoarding conditions making it extremely difficult to progress through the structure. Due to the hoarding conditions, Ladder 15, working on the fire floor, requested that windows on the third floor be taken out from the outside of the building to help ventilate the smoke inside.

Companies worked together to conduct primary searches on each floor to search for any victims that may have been trapped in the building.

With numerous hoselines stretched, firefighters were able to knock down the fire and begin opening up the walls to check for extension. Additionally, companies were able to bring in fans to help aid in the ventilation process to evacuate smoke from the building.

The Boston Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit is currently investigating to find what caused the fire. The damages from the fire are estimated to be approximately $300,000. Boston Fire reports that 27 people have been displaced by the fire.