An estimated 150 firefighters battled a 7-alarm blaze that burned five buildings in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood on Wednesday.
Boston fire said the blaze broke out on Fayston Street around 11:15 a.m. Heavy flames were reported in the rear porches of two 3-story buildings upon arrival. The fire spread to another building on Fayston Street, one on Mascoma Street and one on Quincy Street before it was extinguished.
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There were initial reports of children in the building, but following a quick search, fire officials said they were able to determine that all of the residents had gotten out of the buildings on their own.
Three firefighters were taken to the hospital for evaluation with what appeared be minor injuries. One civilian was also hospitalized with minor injuries.
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A total of 48 people were displaced, 16 of them children. The Red Cross and the mayor's office responded to the scene to assist the residetns.
The three buildings on Fayston Street sustained major damage, with the rear porches of all three buildings collapsing.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, fire officials said.