14 residents displaced, 2 firefighters suffer injuries after 4-alarm fire in Dorchester

14 residents displaced, 2 firefighters suffer injuries after 4-alarm fire in Dorchester

DORCHESTER, Mass. — Boston firefighters knocked down a four-alarm fire in Dorchester that broke out Saturday morning and ruined two apartment buildings.

Boston Fire Department Commissioner John Dempsey said 12 residents were inside the buildings at the time of the fire and that two firefighters were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. In total, 14 residents were displaced less than a week before Thanksgiving.

“I heard one of my roommates screaming ‘fire,’ but I thought they said the word spider so I wasn’t that concerned,” said Andrew Duplantis. “They were like, ‘we need to get out of here, like right now.’”

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Companies responded around 7:45 a.m. Saturday to the rear of 16 Nightingale Street in Dorchester, according to the Boston Fire Department. Smoke was seen on arrival and the fire chief called the third alarm.

It was raised to a four-alarm fire as the blaze spread to the home next door at 12 Nightingale Street.

Officials said the rear porches collapsed and power lines fell.

“One of the challenges: the wires came down on the chain-link fence, it happened early on in the fire,” Commissioner Dempsey said.