Fire at One Congress skyscraper in Boston – NBC Boston


Firefighters battled a blaze at a high-rise building under construction in downtown Boston on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Boston Fire Department, the fire burned multiple stories high up in the One Congress building.

“The fire is spreading through the sewer works and manholes,” the agency wrote on Twitter, adding that firefighters brought in “thousands of feet of hose line” to put out the flames inside the building.

The fire was extinguished and two firefighters were taken to hospital with possible heat-related injuries, Commissioner Paul Burke said.

“We’re just glad it wasn’t an occupied building,” he said, adding that the builders were accounted for.

The fire, reported around 11:45 a.m., broke out in a service shaft on the sixth floor of the building. According to Burke, it raced up to the 25th floor — where the shaft traverses the building before continuing 44 floors up to the roof.

Firefighters used saws to cut channels in the walls, Burke said. Teams were rotated so they could keep cool in the heat – Boston surpassed 85 degrees on Saturday.

“The heat is pretty bad today,” Burke said. “With all the equipment and the high-rise fire, the effort is very great.”

It’s the second fire at One Congress in just over a month and one of several public safety incidents at the Government Center this summer, and the commissioner said the Boston Fire Department was “concerned” about it.

On June 24, smoke was pouring from the upper floors of the building and surrounding streets, as well as exits from I-93, and it had to be closed.

The fire broke out on the 20th floor of the building, which is still under construction.

Developers include HYM Investment Group, which told MBTA before the fire in June that at least one of the support columns of a nearby garage was “badly damaged” due to water damage, creating an unsafe environment for the Green and Orange Lines have tunnels through which the pillar goes.

On July 12, about a block down New Chardon Street, an underground transformer explosion sent two workers to the hospital and sent rescue workers to the area.

And in the spring, a worker in a parking garage at One Congress was killed when a crane partially collapsed. The garage was demolished as part of the $1.5 billion Bulfinch Crossing redevelopment project, of which the skyscraper will be the focal point.


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