Boston Firefighters Knockdown Rooftop Fire At Old Edison Power Plant

On Friday, January 20th, 2023 at approximately 19:52 hours, the Boston Fire Department was notified of a possible building fire at 776 Summer St. in South Boston, the old Edison Electric power plant. Box 7322 was struck and Boston Fire District 6 companies as well as others began to respond.

Ladder 19 arrived on scene and stated that they saw nothing visible on their arrival. Boston Fire Alarm advised that the reporting party stated they could see embers falling from the roof of the building. Due to the building being under construction, Ladder 19 needed to use bolt cutters to gain access to the gate so they could further investigate. 

Upon further investigation, companies found the fire seventh story rooftop of the building. Using Ladder trucks, including Tower Ladder 3’s bucket, firefighters were able to access the fire and begin extinguishment by running a hose line up the ladder. 

Due to the extensive construction in the building, an order was given by command for firefighters not to go in to the building as a safety precaution. Within the last year, there have been multiple incidents at this building including a serious building collapse trapping multiple workers, seriously injuring one requiring a trauma surgeon to respond to the incident.

Drone view of construction at 776 Summer St.

Boston Firefighters were successfully able to knockdown the fire without any trouble. Boston Fire Public Information Officer, Brian Alkins, stated that the fire appeared to be construction debris and that the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries sustained by any firefighters.