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Fire causes $2.5M in damage at Back Bay apartment building

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BOSTON (WHDH) - A fire raging in a Back Bay apartment building has caused about $2.5 million in damage, according to the fire chief.

The seven-alarm fire broke out at 33 Mass Ave. around 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, starting on the fifth floor and spreading to the sixth.

According to officials, the fire was likely caused by the careless disposal of smoking material.

One firefighter was transported by Boston EMS for smoke inhalation. There are no reported civilian injuries at this time.

There were 30 apartments in the six-story building and none had sprinklers, according to a law that said buildings are required to have sprinklers in the hallways, but none in the apartments. The fire chief said that this is one of 50 buildings in Boston not required to have a sprinkler system in each apartment.

Mayor Walsh was on the scene of the fire and said that he will go to legislators because of the no-sprinkler law.

"I'm proud of the work they did here today," Walsh said.

The Red Cross is assisting the 40 people that were displaced because of the blaze. Homeowners with nowhere to go where loaded on a bus bound for a hotel.

Marty Samuels has called this building home since the 1970s.

"It's a thing and things can be replaced; people can't," he said about the fire.

Traffic is mostly back to normal after state police closed down the area. Police asked drivers to seek alternative routes, as officials closed off the Mass Ave. bridge between Comm Ave. and Beacon St.
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