It took firefighters about an hour to control a commercial fire that went to 8 alarms this morning in Boston, Massachusetts.
Flames broke out around 4:30 a.m. in the five-story brick building in South Boston, according to the local CBS affiliate (http://cbsloc.al/18AaLAM). Within minutes, the fire raged out of control, blowing out windows on the first three floors.
Firefighters were ordered not to enter the building. The structure was under renovations and everyone inside escaped safely, according to the report. No word yet on the cause of the fire.
Cleaners were in the building at the time of the fire. Firefighters had to force open the front doors, but the cleaners escaped through the back door.
Read more and watch a video at http://cbsloc.al/18AaLAM.
For more on firefighting in commercial spaces, consider Tactical Fire Objectives for Commercial Occupancies, Commercial Building Fires: The Attack Line, and Commercial Building Fires: When To Go Defensive.