Nearly 100 homeless after 9-alarm Boston blaze

BOSTON (WPRI/AP) — Nearly 100 people are homeless after Boston firefighters battled an intense nine-alarm fire at a three-story brick apartment building in the city’s Allston neighborhood.

The fire in a building on Harvard Terrace near Brighton Avenue was contained about two hours after it was reported at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Two firefighters were hospitalized, one for a shoulder injury and one for smoke inhalation. Three others were treated at the scene. No injuries were reported to residents, but two bystanders were treated for minor injuries.

Fire Commissioner Joe Finn said the fire began at the rear of the building and spread to its roof.  At one point, the fire caused the roof of one of the buildings to partially collapse.

“Very tough fire to fight, it’s on a dead end, we had some water problems with one hydrant down at the end of the dead end, it was a very difficult fire to get water on,” said Finn.

Families affected were loaded onto transit buses as they awaited help from the Red Cross.

The fire caused an estimated $2 million in damages.

The 9-alarm fire is the city’s largest blaze since a fire in the Back Bay section of the city that killed two firefighters.

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