Overnight Beacon Hill blaze causes $1M in damage, displaces 5

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Fire crews battle a two-alarm fire on Charles Street on Beacon Hill.
Credit: Boston Fire Department

Flames tore through a Beacon Hill building late Saturday causing $1 million in damage and displacing five people from their homes.

Firefighters were called to 119 Charles St. for a report of a fire at about 10 p.m., according to the Boston Fire Department. When fire crews arrived they found smoke coming from the four-story brick building.

The flames eventually spread within the walls throughout the building’s four floors and pushed toward the roof. Fire walls prevented the two-alarm fire from spreading to the adjoining buildings.

The building’s residents were able to make it out.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital for chest pains. Five people who lived in apartments on the upper floors were displaced. Most of them stayed with family and friends while some needed the assistance of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.

The basement contained an antique shop while the first floor was occupied by some type of clothing business, the fire department said.

Fire officials estimated the damage to be about $1 million.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

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