MA | BOSTON |**8TH ALARM**| BOX 6172: 85 LEXINGTON ST. | COMMAND REPORTS FIRE IN 4 BUILDINGS, WITH SEVERE EXPOSURE… http://t.co/yZ9Anw2LQX
— NorthEast Fire Alert (@N_EastFireAlert) April 10, 2014
The Boston Fire Department is on the scene of a massive fire that appears to have started with a car ablaze between two tightly packed together houses in the dense East Boston neighborhood.
The fire grew to a 7 alarm response as of 7:50 p.m. and an 8th alarm around 8:05. Fire crews were having massive water supply problems, and the later alarm companies were ordered to hook big supply lines onto fire hydrants blocks away from the fire scene.
The fire is Box 6172 for the area near 85 Lexington St. in East Boston. The call came in around 7:20 and quickly grew.
Boston Fire went into “surround and drown” mode, with no fire crews allowed in the building. Crews manned deck guns and ground lines from below, while aerial ladders hit the fire from above.
This is the largest fire response in Boston since a 9-alarm fire two weeks ago killed two Boston Firefighters, Lieutenant Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy. In a scene that is scarily reminiscent of that fire, local news meteorologists are reporting very gusty winds, around 30 mph.
Lexington st 8th alarm now pic.twitter.com/EndRzm7ie1
— Boston EMS Incidents (@BEMSincidents) April 10, 2014
RT Boston, MA 7th alm fire involving up to four dwellings. pic.twitter.com/RE7zs6rUfx”
— Matthew Gregoire (@BreakngNewsPhtg) April 10, 2014