7-alarm fire causes Roxbury building collapse - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

7-alarm fire causes Roxbury building collapse

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ROXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) - A fast-moving fire swept through a duplex in Roxbury overnight, causing it to collapse.

Officials are now questioning if this home was in fact vacant at the time.

7’s Nicole Oliverio spoke with the city councilman and he is talking with firefighters who were trying to figure out if in fact people had been squatting inside and perhaps that's what caused the seven-alarm fire.

“There may or may not have been some folks who were taking shelter there. It might have been some squatters who were in the building,” said Tito Jackson, Boston City Councilman.

The two-story duplex on Warren Street collapsed and was reduced to its first floor frames. The flames spread to a neighboring building causing minor damage to that roof. However, surrounding brick buildings kept it from spreading further.

“The fire was going from first floor through the roof upon arrival,” said Commissioner John Hasson, Boston Fire Dept.

Officials said the home was undergoing renovations.

“The building is a beautiful old building that was being restored by a local land owner,” Jackson said.

Firefighters remained on the scene Monday morning to put on any remaining hot spots.  Two people and one child had to evacuate because windows broke in their home.

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