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Fire displaces 37 on Stanley Street in Dorchester

Stanley Street fire

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 34 Stanley St. in Dorchester for what turned into a three-alarm fire around 6:15 a.m.

The department reports the fire, which began in the rear of the building and spread to the roof, displaced 20 adults and 17 children. The Red Cross was requested to help find new housing for them. There were no injuries.

The department estimated damage at $1 million.

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We wondered what was up - many, many sirens in the still of the night, and helicopter(s?) droning overhead.

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In the still of the night??? It was 6:15am.

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Was Smokey all the way down to Upham’s corner. When I drove by around 6:30 there were a billion fire trucks. Hope everyone is ok.

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That building housed 37 people?!

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From street pictures and real estate listings, it looks like 3 units, each with 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. 6-7 adults and 5-6 children in each unit. Not preposterous, but I don't envy their bathroom contention.

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It's a three decker. 37 is crazy.

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I spent a day doing political canvassing last year before the primaries, in a neighborhood adjacent to mine. I was flabbergasted at the number of people living in what appeared to me to be 3-deckers just like mine. I'm assuming a lot of extended families, but it hammered home to me that we really have no idea how others may be forced to live right under our noses.

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They all got out alive and uninjured.

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