Fire Tears Through Triple Decker on Meridian Street

Boston Fire Department investigators are still looking into the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed two floors of a triple decker on Meridian Street Tuesday. 

Firefighters battled the blaze at 363 Meridian St. for over two hours in frigid temperatures Tuesday morning.

Firefighters battle an early morning blaze Tuesday on Meridian Street. The fire displaced 19 residents and was the second large fire in East Boston this year.

Boston Fire got the call for a fire at 12:30 am and when firefighters arrived flames were already shooting out of the roof of the building.

Firefighters quickly contained the fire to the second and third floors of the three-family home.

However, the blaze displaced 19 residents, three of which are Boston Public School students.

The Red Cross was on the scene to help the displaced families and the MBTA brought in a bus to keep the victims of the fire warm throughout the early morning hours until they could find shelter.

“This morning in East Boston there was a fire in a triple decker apartment building located at 363 Meridian St,” said Senator/City Councilor Lydia Edwards in a statement. “We are still collecting information as we speak. We do know that they were able to get some clothing.”

Edwards said she and Eastie’s other elected officials will post a link to help with donations and coordinate with Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) in the next day or two.

“Again thank you to the brave men and women of the Boston Fire Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services,” she said.

This was the second fire this year that displaced over a dozen residents.

Last month an early morning blaze ripped through three apartment buildings on Maverick Street.

The six-alarm fire took three hours and 100 firefighters to put out, with one resident being rescued by Eastie’s Ladder 2 from the second floor of one of the apartments.

That fire displaced 25 residents and families were helped through a community fundraising effort.

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