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Downtown roof fire does some damage

39 Kingston fire

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 39 Kingston St., near Bedford Street, for some "heavy fire" on the roof around 7 p.m.

The department reports the fire did an estimated $150,000 in damage, but says firefighters were able to contain the fire to the rear of the roof and that nobody was injured or displaced.

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Harder is this heat.

The Boston Rescue Mission is at that address.

... set caused the fire as that section of Kingston is like a giant ashtray and smoker’s negligence is the number one cause of residential fires.

On the roof?

Looking at high resolution aerials, it looks like there is an elevator penthouse at a rear corner. Unless it's one of the stairwells. Could be mechanical, could be human cause.

Would be interesting to know how the fire started on the roof. The Fire Dept. tweet page this story links to doesn't say. Party? Arson? Idiots?

An elevator motor burned out or short circuited or something.