A seven-alarm fire destroyed a brick duplex in East Boston on Sunday afternoon, displacing 30 people, injuring three firefighters, damaging adjacent properties and snarling traffic in the heavily congested area, officials said.
Steve MacDonald, a Boston Fire Department spokesman, said the initial call came in shortly before 2 p.m. and officials rapidly raised the number of alarms because of the size of the building, which is located on Chelsea Street, the number of families it houses, and the proximity of neighboring buildings. The building next door, which was damaged by the flames, is about four feet away, officials said.
At one point, the 7-alarm blaze seemed to be contained, but then it flared up again, causing ceilings and walls to buckle.
Three firefighters were hospitalized. Two suffered shoulder injuries, while one suffered an arm injury.
When firefighters arrived on scene, there was heavy smoke and fire coming from the top floor of the multi-family home. The top floor houses two residents who were not home at the time of the fire.
The fire quickly spread to other buildings while additional fire crews were called to knock down what became a seven-alarm fire.
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