Man killed in 5-alarm Boston fire

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say a five-alarm fire has raced through an apartment building in Boston, killing one man and leaving about 30 people homeless.

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve McDonald said on Saturday that firefighters recovered the body of the victim while battling the blaze that began late Friday night.

McDonald says the death has triggered an automatic investigation by firefighters, members of the Boston police homicide unit and prosecutors from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

The blaze destroyed the 3 1/2-story, wood-frame duplex with six apartments in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.

McDonald says the fire came in at 9 p.m. and quickly went to second alarm to get more firefighters at the Winthrop Street home. Ultimately, the fire went to five alarms.

The fire department estimates damage at $1.1 million.

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