A house fire broke out at 14 National St. in South Boston around 8 p.m. on Saturday. No one was injured.
Neighbors said a man seen on camera at the scene asked them for help after telling them that his shirt had caught on fire while cooking and subsequently caught the rest of the house on fire.
Icy conditions, a narrow street, overhead wires and frozen hydrants complicated the job of extinguishing the flames, fire officials said.
“They had three hose lines run off their pump. Originally their hydrant was frozen but they kept working it and eventually they got water to flow,” Deputy Chief Brian Tully said.
“The companies did a great job, which you can tell, with the ice storm and the cold weather and being on a hill, they made an aggressive attack.”
The department estimated the damages at $350,000.