BOSTON -- Forty residents, most college students, were forced out of their apartment early Monday morning by a three-alarm fire.The fire started in the basement of a six-story building on Hemenway Street and Westland Avenue in the Fenway area of Boston just before 3 a.m.
"We just woke up to alarms and smoke. As we all ran as fast as we possibly could. It just kept getting bigger and bigger, so we ran down the street," one displaced student said.
The flames spread through the building and shot through the roof. Investigators said the fire started in the duct work.
"This building is one of the safest in the city. It has smoke detectors; it has sprinklers; emergency lights -- with all that stuff in place, the upper floors were still filling up with smoke. The kids were lucky they left when they were supposed to. So that worked out well, and nobody got hurt," said Boston Fire Deputy Chief Joseph Fleming.
Berklee College confirmed that three of the displaced residents are students at school. The college said it will work with the students to help find alternative housing. Boston's Office of Neighborhood Services and the YMCA is also working with students to find housing."I don't know what to do as far as living. We start classes tomorrow," one student said.The fire caused about $400,000 in damage. No one was hurt.