(Updated) Boston University student killed in Allston fire

PHOTO: CHEUN PARK
The woman’s body was found in the attic of the home at 87 Linden St. Credit: Cheun Park

A Boston University student from Brooklyn, N.Y. was killed and two other students were injured when the Allston home they were in erupted in flames Sunday morning, sending at least one person jumping from the roof of a porch to escape the fierce flames.

Binland Lee, 22, was a senior studying marine science and was scheduled to graduate in September, according to BU Today. She graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 2009.

In a letter to the school community Sunday night, President Robert Brown called the incident a tragedy.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the individual who has died and all the victims of the fire,” Brown said in his letter, which was posted on the school’s website.

A fire department spokesman said Lee was found in the attic.

The three-alarm fire broke out at 87 Linden St., at about 6:30 a.m. In total 15 people were injured, including six Boston firefighters. The fire and smoke were so intense and caused so much damage inside that fire crews were pulled out of the building during their effort.

Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire. City inspectors have also been called in because it appeared that 19 people were living in the three-story home. It was not immediately clear how many people were legally allowed to live there. BU officials said at least nine students lived in the home.

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