An eight-alarm fire that was fueled by strong winds scorched an East Boston neighborhood Wednesday night and damaged several homes, but miraculously no serious injuries were reported.
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According to the Boston Fire Department, a car caught fire in a driveway adjacent to 85 Lexington St. The fire traveled out of the car and up the left side of the house, which was about a foot away.
Fire officials said flames also extended into the home via a basement window next to the car and traveled up from inside.
“I was doing my homework and I smelled fire,” Abigail Solomon said. “My little brother was pointing at the window, and when I looked it was all smoke and I screamed as loud as I could.”
Boston Fire Department officials said the building at 89 Lexington St. received melted siding, smoke and water damage while 83 Lexington St. received fire, water and smoke damage.
“We saw the smoke so I just called 911. I didn’t know what it was,” Tammy Jakaus said. “When we came down here and saw it, it was just crazy. It was just fire everywhere.”
As firefighters descended on Lexington Street, neighbors huddled together and held their breath.
Engine 33 and Ladder 15 were among those responding companies, with their hearts still heavy with the recent loss of Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy due to a massive fire on Beacon Street last month.
Residents said they applauded responding firefighters.
“We talked to one of the firefighters and we gave them a round of applause because I respect firefighters trying to help a lot of people living in the houses,” Christian Gutierrez said.
Officials estimate at least 33 people have been displaced from the three homes and the American Red Cross is assisting those families.
Members of the Boston Fire Department estimate damages to be at least $750,000 as a result of the fire.