Boston Working: Videos, Multiple Alarms in Eastie and Southie

Exposure problems and burning rear decks cause eight and two-alarms

Companies on the scene at time of seventh alarm. (Boston FD Twitter photo, @BostonFire)

Companies are fighting an eight-alarm fire (with two extra ladder companies) in East Boston tonight at 85 Lexington Street. The fire extended to three exposures, similar type dwellings. Fire Commissioner John Hassan reported that the fire started in the basement of 85 Lexington Street and extended to an auto in the alley and then the other structures. No major injuries were reported.

Early photo before fire broke through roof. (Boston FD Twitter photo, @BostonFire)

During the fire, a car blocking a fire hydrant was opened up to allow for a supply line.

(WCVB/Twitter photo)

Earlier in the day fire companies responded to a two-alarm fire at 52 Thomas Park. Fire in the rear had possession of the decks. One firefighter was injured during the blaze.

See more photos from each fire on @BostonFire

 Related
“8-alarm fire in East Boston” NECN
“Wind-driven East Boston 8-alarm fire knocked down” Boston Herald
“Firefighters battling 8-alarm blaze in East Boston” Boston.com
“Firefighters battling 8-alarm fire in East Boston” Boston Globe
“15 families affected by 8-alarm East Boston blaze” WCVB
“15 families displaced after 8-alarm fire in East Boston” MyFoxBoston
“Firefighters Battle 8-Alarm Blaze In East Boston” CBS Boston
“1 firefighter injured in South Boston 2-alarm blaze” NECN
“Firefighters battle 2-alarm blaze in South Boston” Boston.com

 

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Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter and has served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com. His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.

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