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1 Dead, 7 Hospitalized — Including at Least 1 Child — in Fire That Burned Multiple Boston Buildings

A firefighter was also hospitalized after sustaining minor injuries, according to the Boston Fire Department

<p>Boston Fire Dept./X</p> Firefighters battle a multi-building blaze in Boston on April 2, 2024

Boston Fire Dept./X

Firefighters battle a multi-building blaze in Boston on April 2, 2024
  • An early morning fire that broke out in Boston has left one person dead and at least seven others hospitalized

  • The fire began around 5 a.m. local time on Meridian Street in East Boston before traveling to two adjacent buildings, according to the fire department

  • Among those hospitalized after the fire are a firefighter and at least one child, though one witness said two kids may have been transported

One person is dead and several others were hospitalized, including a child and a firefighter, after a fire tore through multiple homes in Boston early Tuesday morning.

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The fire began around 5 a.m. local time “in a large multi family building” on Meridian Street in East Boston before traveling to two adjacent buildings, according to a series of posts on X from the Boston Fire Department.

At least five people were rescued from the six-alarm blaze, while one did not survive, the BFD said. Several people were subsequently hospitalized, including a firefighter.

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Boston Fire Commissioner Paul Burke said the firefighter sustained minor injuries, according to ABC affiliate WCVB-TV and NBC 10 Boston.

At least five people were rescued from the six-alarm blaze, while one did not survive, the BFD said. Several people were subsequently hospitalized, including a firefighter.

<p>Boston Fire Dept./X</p> A fire tears through a Boston building on April 2, 2024

Boston Fire Dept./X

A fire tears through a Boston building on April 2, 2024

Boston Fire Commissioner Paul Burke said the firefighter sustained minor injuries, according to ABC affiliate WCVB-TV and NBC 10 Boston.

At least one child was reportedly hospitalized, as well. William Yanes, who lives in one of the impacted buildings, said a young boy and girl were among those hospitalized, as well as his brother, according to The Boston Globe.

Miguel Angel Maroquin’s cousin was also among the individuals hospitalized after escaping the blaze. Maroquin told the Globe they both jumped from a second-floor window, but his cousin hit his face on the ground.

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Rigo Verto said he has not heard from his brother, who lives on the second floor of one of the impacted buildings. “I’m a little bit nervous because I don’t know anything,” he told the newspaper.

The identity of the individual who died in the fire has not been released. At a press conference, Mayor Michelle Wu shared her “deepest condolences” to the victim’s family.

"This was a very, very difficult situation, extremely dangerous situation,” Wu said, per WCVB-TV. “Without the actions and quick response from multiple neighborhoods around the city to address this fire. There surely would have been more lives lost.”

<p>Boston Fire Dept./X</p> Firefighters battle the fire that tore through multiple buildings in Boston on April 2, 2024

Boston Fire Dept./X

Firefighters battle the fire that tore through multiple buildings in Boston on April 2, 2024

More than 130 firefighters helped battle Monday’s blaze, according to the BFD. About 30 residents were displaced by the blaze, which caused about $5 million in damage.

Burke said firefighters “worked very hard trying to put this fire out,” though “it took a long time to extinguish” the flames, NBC 10 Boston reported.

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“We had to rotate firefighters in and out,” the fire chief explained. “There were tough conditions in the street here."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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