DORCHESTER, MA – The Boston Fire Department responded to a multi-alarm fire that started around 2:30 p.m. on Irma street, leaving three firefighters with minor burns, and at least 30 residents displaced.
Boston EMS transported the injured firefighters who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, with one firefighter suffering burns, and two firefighters experiencing some type of orthopedic injuries, fire officials said. Their conditions are not known at this time, but are expected to make full recoveries.
About 100 firefighters were on scene just a moments after the flames ignited in the basement of 20 Irma Street that expanded to two adjacent buildings at 16 and 24 Irma Street. Firefighters struggled to access the burning buildings due to the high wires on the street.
At around 3:05 p.m., firefighters were able to extinguish the heavy flames just minutes after the 4th alarm was ordered. Fire crews and the Red Cross assisted the displaced residents after the fire was clear. During the fire, Boston Firefighters were seen carrying out a cage with two small birds in it belonging to one of the residents.
The damage to the three homes are substantial, but thankfully there were no serious injuries from residents.