Boston High-Rise Fire Injures Three Residents, One Firefighter

3-alarm fire forced residents to evacuate in a freight elevator
JAMES HINTON, The Boston Herald Published Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A three-alarm blaze at a residential Tremont Street high-rise yesterday afternoon injured four people and forced an evacuation through the freight elevator.

The call came at 12:16 p.m. for a fire in apartment 25G of the 28-story condominium, and firefighters were met with a smoke-filled hallway before knocking down the blaze before it spread, said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Calobrisi.

Three residents of the Tremont on the Common building, at 151 Tremont St., were treated for minor injuries and one firefighter was treated for cuts to his face as a crowd of about a hundred gathered at the dramatic scene in the Easter Day sunshine, Calobrisi said.

Floors 25 and up were evacuated as a precaution while residents in floors six to 24 were encouraged to remain in place. Calobrisi said the evacuated residents were taken down through the building's freight elevator, which leads to the main lobby exit.

While damage to 25G is extensive, Calobrisi expected residents to be allowed back in the building last night. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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Boston 3-Alarm High-Rise Fire

Fire injured four people and forced an evacuation through the freight elevator.

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