Partial Collapse of Sumner Street Building Forces Evacuation

On Sunday night, the Boston Fire Department was called to a partial building collapse on Sumner Street.

When firefighters arrived at 282 Sumner St. they found that the exterior masonry veneer had collapsed and came crashing down in the alley between 282 Sumner and the home next door.

Firefighters quickly entered the three family home and evacuated any residents that were still inside.

While there were no injuries reported, the partial collapse displaced nine adults, two children, one cart and one dog. The fire department was forced to shut off power to the building and wait for structural engineers to arrive.

All residents that were displaced were able to find temporary shelter with help from the American Red Cross.

Boston’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) was also on the scene and after the building was secured, ISD’s building inspector and firefighters determined that the owner would need to have a structural engineer determine if the home is habitable.

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