By John Lynds
The Boston Fire Department responded at 12:10 a.m. Saturday to a fire at 11 Temple St. on Beacon Hill.
On arrival firefighters observed smoke billowing from the five-story brick apartment building.
A second alarm was ordered once firefighters realized the fire was on the top floor of the building. A third alarm was ordered but the fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters on the scene.
During operation battling the blaze, firefighters attacked the fire with a 50 ft. ground ladders from the rear alley.
Boston Fire Chief, Joseph Finn estimated the damage to be at $750,000. While there were no civilian injuries one fighter was transported to Mass General with a hand injury. Finn called in the American Red Cross because up to 25 people were displaced due to the blaze. He thanked the Red Cross because it was a busy night for the both the Red Cross and BFD with three fire events from Friday evening into early Saturday morning.
“(This) was their third (fire) incident in Boston (that night),” said Finn.
Fire investigators are still investigating the cause and point of origin for the fire.
The call to the BFD came from Firebox 1368 on Temple Street, one of the oldest alarm systems that is still in use today.