BOSTON - A fire investigation prompted State Police to close down the Mass Ave Bridge and a part of Storrow Drive on Thursday morning.
Both the Mass Ave Bridge and Storrow Drive has since been reopened.
#MAtraffic Update: Boston- Mass Ave Bridge- all lanes now open from Cambridge to Boston. One lane open from Boston to Cambridge.— Mass. Transportation (@MassDOT) January 10, 2019
All lanes were open from Cambridge to Boston but only one lane was reopened from Boston to Cambridge.
#MAtraffic, Storrow Dr EB at Mass Ave Bridge inbound and Mass Ave Bridge closed in both directions due to a fire 🔥 investigation.— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) January 10, 2019
According to an update from State Police, the fire happened at a homeless encampment under the Mass Ave Bridge. Engineers are inspecting the bridge for any structural damages.
#MAtraffic update: Fire 🔥 invest has revealed the fire was @ a homeless encampment under the Mass Ave Bridge. Storrow Dr open. Mass Ave Bridge will remain closed while @MassDOT engineers inspect the bridge for any structural damage. No injuries reported.— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) January 10, 2019
The fire, investigators say, is believed to have involved mattresses. They added that debris fell between east and west lanes of Storrow Drive.
#MAtraffic Fire under Mass Ave Bridge believed to have involved mattresses. Engineers to use X-ray to check for structural damage. Debris fell between east & west lanes of Storrow, which is open. On bridge, 2 lanes open Boston to Cambridge, 1 lane open Cambridge to Boston. https://t.co/PvigEbrO50— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) January 10, 2019
State Police and the Cambridge Fire Department worked throughout the late morning into the early afternoon to put out the fire.
**COMMUTER ALERT**— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) January 10, 2019
Storrow Drive - in the Mass Ave area.
Mass Ave Bridge closed in both directions due to a fire according to State Police. #MAtraffic @boston25 @universalhub pic.twitter.com/11yltAc1mV
No injuries were reported.
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