A 4-alarm fire broke out on the first floor of 26 Cooper Street near the N. Margin Street intersection in Boston’s North End shortly after 11pm on Tuesday night. The fire quickly climbed to the roof of the building causing flames to burst out of windows “as seen in the movies,” said one witness. One person was taken to the hospital with burns, according to BFD. Two women found their egress locked and jumped from windows to the arms of residents below.
Boston Fire responded in minutes, taking an aggressive approach to avoid having the fire spread to neighboring buildings. They were able to extinguish the fire about a half hour later with about 100 firefighters on the scene. BFD estimates about $1 million of damage. Thirteen residents were displaced from the building. Many in neighboring buildings also moved out for the night due to the smell of smoke. More details and photos in the “Storify” segment below.