Five-Alarm Fire Knocked Down in Allston (MA)

A five-alarm fire that ripped through two wood-frame apartment buildings this morning in Allston (MA) has been knocked down, with one person transported to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, reports The Boston Globe.

Firefighters responded first to reports of a fire at a three-story building. When the fire spread to a two-story building at the left, it was declared a five-alarm fire.

Two buildings to the right and rear of the original fire were also damaged.

At the scene, Deputy Chief Robert Calobrisi said officials believe 19 people lived in the building — 18 adults and one child — and all were accounted for, but are now displaced.

The fire may have caused about $500,000 worth of damage, Calobrisi estimated.

He said officials were not sure where the fire started and it was still under investigation whether there were working smoke detectors in place.

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