Multi-alarm fire breaks out in Boston high rise under construction

Crews battled a multi-alarm fire Saturday at a high rise under construction in downtown Boston. It’s the second time in about five weeks that fire has broken out in the building. Saturday’s four-alarm fire was reported at 1 Congress St. at about noon. The building had construction crews working at the time, but all got out safely.Boston Fire tweeted that crews were “chasing the fire on multiple floors in the high-rise building. The fire is traveling thru the duct work and shafts.”Boston Fire Commissioner Paul Burke said the fire started on the sixth floor and spread up to the 25th floor. Companies opened up the walls to reach the fire, and used saws to cut open the duct work, Boston Fire said.Thousands of feet of hose were deployed to get water to the various locations where the fire has spread, Boston Fire said.Three Boston firefighters were taken to the hospital by Boston EMS for heat-related issues, officials said. A fourth alarm was stuck to rotate firefighters and give them breaks, Burke said. The cause has not been determined, but it is believed the fire started in the duct system. Boston police said there were multiple street closures near 1 Congress St. and people should seek alternate routes and avoid the area.On June 24, fire broke out on the 20th floor of the same 43-story high building. “We are concerned. There was another fire in the same building a month ago. That was a four-alarm fire, this is a four-alarm fire, but we will have inspectors take a look inside,” Burke said.

Crews battled a multi-alarm fire Saturday at a high rise under construction in downtown Boston. It’s the second time in about five weeks that fire has broken out in the building.

Saturday’s four-alarm fire was reported at 1 Congress St. at about noon. The building had construction crews working at the time, but all got out safely.

Boston Fire tweeted that crews were “chasing the fire on multiple floors in the high-rise building. The fire is traveling thru the duct work and shafts.”

Boston Fire Commissioner Paul Burke said the fire started on the sixth floor and spread up to the 25th floor.

Companies opened up the walls to reach the fire, and used saws to cut open the duct work, Boston Fire said.

Thousands of feet of hose were deployed to get water to the various locations where the fire has spread, Boston Fire said.

Three Boston firefighters were taken to the hospital by Boston EMS for heat-related issues, officials said. A fourth alarm was stuck to rotate firefighters and give them breaks, Burke said.

The cause has not been determined, but it is believed the fire started in the duct system.

Boston police said there were multiple street closures near 1 Congress St. and people should seek alternate routes and avoid the area.

On June 24, fire broke out on the 20th floor of the same 43-story high building.

“We are concerned. There was another fire in the same building a month ago. That was a four-alarm fire, this is a four-alarm fire, but we will have inspectors take a look inside,” Burke said.

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