Boston Firefighters Battle 5-Alarm Church Fire

Boston (MA) firefighters battled a five-alarm fire today at a historic church.

No one was inside the building when the fire broke out and no civilians were injured, but eight firefighters suffered a variety of minor injuries, according to a report from The Boston Globe ( The fire at St. John the Baptist Church sent up a smoke plume that was visible for miles, and the building is expected to be a total loss.

An immediate evacuation of the fireground was called when pieces of the ceiling began to fall on firefighters inside the building, spurring fears of collapse. Firefighters set up a collapse zone to protect people and buildings in the area.

For further details on the incident, go to

For more on fires in houses of worship, consider PROTECTING HOUSES OF WORSHIP and CHURCH FIRES.

For more training on structural collapse, consider Construction Concerns for Firefighters: Structural Collapse ,
Structural Collapse Under Fire Conditions, and Drill of the Week: Structural Collapse Rescue.

For more on related firefighting issues, consider Commercial Building Fires: When To Go Defensive.


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