Saturday, December 25, 2010

Two-alarm fire strikes Dorchester duplex

By Travis Andersen, Boston Globe

A two-alarm fire whipped through a duplex in Dorchester late Friday night, Boston fire officials said.
No injuries were reported, but Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald estimated damages at about $400,000.
MacDonald said firefighters responded to 9-11 Everett Ave. at about 10:40 p.m. He said preliminary reports indicate that 11 Everett Ave. is vacant, but the right side of the duplex, which is 9 Everett Ave., appeared to be a complete loss.
It was not immediately clear Friday night who is living at 9 Everett Ave., MacDonald said. The first floor of 9 Everett Ave. appears to be occupied, but MacDonald said he is unsure about the second and third floors.
District 7 Fire Chief Erik Pettaway said the fire started on the second floor of 9 Everett and spread up to the third floor. He said noone was in the building at the time of the fire except for a pit bull on the first floor. The dog ran out on its own.
MacDonald said the cause of the fire, which was knocked down some time after 11 p.m., is under investigation.
Neighbor Kelley Jay said he saw heavy smoke when he looked out his window at about 10:30 p.m. Jay said firefighters had to use a saw to gain entry to 11 Everett Ave. because the front door was boarded up.
He said 11 Everett Ave. had been vacant since the late spring or early summer. He added that he had thought he had seen people coming and going from 11 Everett Ave. recently.
Another neighbor, Liz Jean-Michel, said she believes a man who cannot walk lives in the building, as well as young girls and a dog. She said that she did not see anyone being taken out by firefighters.

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