It was gut check time for Boston Firefighters from across the city as they battled an 8-alarm fire on Lexington Street two weeks after losing two fellow firefighters to a 9-alarm blaze in the Back Bay.
The fire started last Wednesday evening in a SUV parked in driveway between 85 and 83 Lexington St. and was mainly contained to 85 Lexington St.– a two and a half story wood framed house.
According to the Boston Fire Department the engine area of a car parked in the driveway right next to 85 Lexington St. caught fire. The fire traveled out of the car and traveled up the left side of the house, which was about a foot away. The fire also extended into a cellar window right next to the car and traveled up from the inside.
With 20 mile per hour winds gusting over the neighborhood firefighters quickly raised the alarm from 5 to 7. An eighth alarm was sounded at about 7:30 as firefighters battled the blaze.
Crowds of people stood along Lexington Street as the fire burned and offered water and food to the brave men battling the blaze.
City Councilor Sal LaMattina and State Representative Carlo Basile were also on the scene and worked with the Red Cross and Sacred Heart Church Pastor Father Wayne Belschner to find shelter for the displaced families. The Mayor’s liaison to Eastie, Corrine Patraglia assisted in finding temporary shelter for the displaced.
There was an estimated 33 people displaced from three houses involved in the fire.
Many families ended up at the Sacred Heart Church where Mayor Martin Walsh, who also stopped by the fire to assess the needs of the community, later visited them.
The Boston Fire Department also released a statement giving a “special thanks to Sacred Heart for opening up your lower hall right after the fire to assist. The meaning of a good neighbor.”
One firefighter was treated at the scene and transported by Boston EMS to get checked out at a hospital.
While 85 Lexington St bore the brunt of the fire, 89 Lexington, a three-decker, received melted siding, smoke and water damage. 83 Lexington, a 2 1/2 story wood frame house received some fire, smoke and water damage.
The Chief estimates a combined damage of $750,000.00.