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6-alarm fire doused in East Boston

A fire that caused more than $1 million in damage in the East Boston neighborhood is believed to have started from an electrical fault, the Boston fire commissioner said.
By Frances Burns   |   July 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

BOSTON, July 30 (UPI) -- A six-alarm fire sent a pillar of smoke into the sky Wednesday morning as it spread through several buildings in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston.

Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn said the blaze caused more than $1 million in damage to houses and a mixed-use building.

One firefighter was treated for a leg injury, but there were no other casualties. At one point, firefighters were ordered to leave the buildings because of a possible roof collapse.

Finn said the cause was believed to be an electrical problem.

Julie Picard, who lives in one of the buildings, said she was cooking when she saw flames coming from the house next door.

"I called the cops and started grabbing my stuff. It was busting out the windows and the aluminum siding was melting down," she told the Boston Herald. "There was nothing I could do about it, it was spreading so fast. There's only four feet between the buildings. I pray I have anything left."

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