Two Firefighters Injured in Seven-Alarm MA Fire


By Jarret Bencks, Aram Boghosian, Eric Moskowitz, and John R. Ellement

Somerville (MA) — A seven-alarm fire ripped through six residential buildings on Calvin Street this morning. Authorities said they believed all the residents managed to escape safely, but two firefighters were injured.

The fire was discovered around 6 a.m. The fire department called in mutual aid from neighboring departments including those in Boston, Everett, Chelsea, Brookline, Medford, and Belmont.

Four of the buildings were in flames as firefighters arrived, said Somerville Chief Kevin Kelleher said at the scene.

An Everett firefighter suffered respiratory problems and a Brookline firefighter injured his knee, Kelleher said.

The fire started somewhere on the back end of the homes. It was not clear whether it started inside or outside, Kelleher said.

It took about two hours to knock down the fire; firefighters spent about two more hours combing the buildings for hot spots, Kelleher said.

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