Woman, Firefighter Injured in Charlestown Fire

A fire at a senior housing complex on Ferrin St. sent an elderly resident and a firefighter to the hospital on Tuesday.

One resident and a Boston firefighter were injured in a fire at 100 Ferrin St., in Charlestown -- a senior citizen housing complex managed by the Kennedy Center, according to Boston fire officials.

The fire broke around 9:30 a.m. in a fifth floor apartment. An elderly woman who lived there was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. A firefighter was taken to the hospital for a back injury as well. Crews put out the fire by 10:30 a.m.

About 75 residents who live in the building were evacuated to MBTA buses parked outside. Emergency responders are on the scene, providing them with food and water.

Fire damage was restricted to the fifth floor unit, Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald said. But the building's sprinkler system was activated, causing water damage on several floors. The city's electrical inspector is on the scene, investigating the damage.

Damage is estimated at $80,000. Officials believe the know the cause of the fire, MacDonald said, but they're continuing the investigation before releasing details.

Katherine McDonough September 14, 2011 at 04:45 PM
The fire was very frightening and injured one resident who remains hospitalized. We are grateful that the injuries were not more serious. One correction- the building is managed by the National Council of Senior Citizens which allows the Kennedy Center to operate a Senior Recreation Program on the first floor. Kate McDonough
Kristi Ceccarossi September 14, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Thanks for the clarification, Kate. Can you tell us whether any of the senior citizens who live in the building have been displaced? And thank you, Robert, for commenting in your aunt's behalf. I hope she's well!
Katherine McDonough September 14, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I understand that all residents are back in their apartments, Kristi.


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