A heavy fire at a Boston high-rise apartment building Wednesday morning prompted a “major evacuation” and ultimately displaced up to 40 people, officials said.
The fire began around 4 a.m. in the fifth floor apartment of a 90-year-old woman, who suffered burns and smoke inhalation as she escaped, authorities said, according to WCVB. The woman was found by firefighters in the hallway and brought to the hospital.
The Boston Fire Department said the fire, at 95 Washington St in Brighton, created heavy smoke in the building, leaving to a “major evacuation” of three floors of apartments.
The six-story high-rise is home to roughly 80 public housing units, the Boston Housing Authority website said.
After finding the 90-year-old woman in the fifth floor hallway, firefighters closed the door to her apartment, thus slowing the spread of the flames, the fire department said.
Residents of the lower floors were not affected by the fire, authorities said. The 30-40 people who were displaced by the fire are being assisted by the housing authority, city Office of Neighborhood Services and Office of Emergency Management.