Five-Alarm East Boston Fire Displaces 21

East Boston fire

East Boston fire

Two buildings on Orleans Street in East Boston were damaged on Monday when a fire broke out.

Investigators have determined that a space heater left too close to a combustible material on the third floor is what started the inferno at 43-45 Orleans Street, which later spread to 263-265 Sumner Street, an address roughly 60 yards from a firehouse.

When firefighters arrived at the Orleans Street address, the roof and third floor were engulfed by flames. Approximately 100 firefighters were called in to help respond to the fire, due to close proximity of East Boston buildings, below freezing temperatures and the heavy fire. The fire eventually jumped to the roof of 263-265 Sumner Street.

Two residents were rushed to Mass General Hospital for smoke inhalation, but other than that, everyone made it out safely.

The Red Cross is assisting residents in need.

Hopefully these poor folks all had renter's or condo unit owner's coverage to insure their personal belongings.

If you rent an apartment or own a condo unit, double check your insurance coverage to make sure your belongings are covered. Your personal property such as clothing, furniture and electronics are not insured under your building's master policy coverage. Call us at (617) 236-6400 to review your coverage with one of our Client Advisors today.