Family displaced after 3-alarm blaze in Roslindale
No one was hurt early Monday morning in a three-alarm blaze that destroyed a two-family house at 4085 Washington St. in Roslindale.
The owner, Barbara Nova, who lived in the home with her husband, three children and in-laws, was outside of the house with black garbage bag as friends consoled her Monday morning.
“A fire started on the front porch, but we don’t know how,” said Nova. “We saw it on the front porch and we got out the backdoor.”
Nova said everyone escaped around 3:30 a.m. right before the fire department showed up.
Steve MacDonald, BFD public information officer, said the fire is under investigation. BFD officials estimated $300,000 worth of damage to the house, and more to the adjacent homes, which had their vinyl sidings melted from the extreme heat.
Upon arrival, firefighters saw a very intense fire engulfing the entire front end of the house. They triggered a second and third alarm within mere seconds so they could receive the needed backup to fight the blaze.
MacDonald said it took the firefighters about 20 minutes to put out the heavy fire. They remained on scene for several hours.
As the smell of the fire wafted in the air, Roslindale residents walked by, some consoling the family.
MacDonald said an accelerant-sniffing dog was brought in to help determine the cause of the fire.