‘It Took a Snap of a Second to Take Everything': Family Home Destroyed by Dorchester Fire

A family that lived in three units of one building was able to make it out safely, including a 2-month-old baby

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A fire that erupted in a three-floor home in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood Monday spread to another building, officials said.

Two firefighters had minor injuries from cuts and 16 people were displaced by the blaze, a Boston fire official said.

The department was called to the heavy fire on Wales Street about 1:15 p.m. Officials said it appeared to have started on the first floor but its cause wasn't immediately clear.

The building where the fire started has three apartments, but everyone who lives inside is family, according to people at the scene. All were able to get out safely, including a 2-month-old baby and pets, but everything in the homes were a total loss.

"It took a snap of a second to take everything that my uncle and grandmother put together," Daisy Mendes said of the fire that ripped through her family home.

"I'm just glad my family's safe," Edina Mendes said.

Edina escaped with only her cell phone and fought back years as she spoke.

"I just grabbed my phone, I wasn’t even thinking I wasn’t thinking this would happen because it’s the first time..."

Video and images from the scene showed several fire trucks, some with their ladders deployed, and much of the exterior of one set of apartments charred, as well as the side of an adjacent building.

This is a breaking new story that will be updated when more information is available.

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