A massive fire swept through a neighborhood in Dorchester Saturday afternoon، destroying three houses، severely damaging five others، and forcing the evacuation of dozens of residents، The Boston Globe reported.
Thick، heavy smoke filled the air as dozens of firefighters battled the blaze that started around 4:45 p.m. at a vacant house at 37-39 Old Morton St. and spread to seven other homes in the Lower Mills neighborhood، officials said.
Nine people، including seven firefighters، were treated for minor injuries، said John Walsh، chief of operations for the Boston Fire Department.
Heavy fire was already showing from the home when the first crews arrived، and a third alarm was immediately ordered، the Fire Department said. As the fire quickly spread، more alarms were sounded in rapid succession. About 150 firefighters responded، Walsh said.
Fire crews poured water on the properties from multiple angles as they tried to keep pace with the blaze that seemed to grow with intensity by the minute.
At 6 p.m.، the smoke on Old Morton Street was so thick that only the outlines of firefighters and the homes on the street were visible.
It was unclear what caused the fire or why it spread so rapidly.
“Heat and the proximity of the houses made this a bad one،” Walsh said.
Wind gusts reached 35 miles per hour in Dorchester around the time the fire started، according to the National Weather Service in Norton.