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House fire displaces 5 Boston residents on Christmas

December 26, 2019 GMT

A house fire displaced five residents in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood on Christmas morning.

Firefighters said the Wednesday blaze on Newbury Street, the city’s popular commercial high street, took about an hour to contain and was contained to the first three stories of the five-story building.

No injuries were reported.

Boston Fire Chief of Operations Andre Stallworth said the fire appears to have started as a garbage fire in an alleyway behind the house. It quickly spread to the building, which did not have sprinklers.

He said it will be weeks before residents will be able to return the three-unit residence. Stallworth said officials estimate the blaze caused about $1.5 million worth of damage to the brick structure.

Stallworth said the cause of the fire is still being investigated.