Crews battling high-rise fire along Revere waterfront, Courtesy: Fior Espinal (Courtesy: Fior Espinal)
REVERE, Mass. — A tough battle for rescue crews in Revere. A fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in a high-rise building along the city’s waterfront.
The fire was contained to the exterior of the building according to Revere Fire Chief Chris Bright.
Chief Bright said the fire started on a large wooden deck on the 11th floor of the building in unit 1107. However, people did need to be rescued by firefighters from another nearby apartment on that floor. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Chief Bright said they have had a lot of reports recently of people smoking cigarettes on decks. The chief said the whole deck was on fire when crews arrived. Video posted to social media by witnesses showed smoke pouring from the building.
The fire is located at 370 Ocean Avenue.
The chief said several things worked in their favor on Tuesday, including the time of day, and the direction of the wind.
The Revere chief also said this building had a “fire watch,” meaning a Revere firefighter was on duty at the building at the time of the fire because they have been having issues with the building’s fire alarm. That firefighter was able to call in the trouble quickly.
Drone video captured by Boston 25 photographer Ken Lucas showed fire crews getting the fire under control.
The chief says water damage had already extended from the eleventh floor to the fourth and will most likely reach the first floor.
Fior Espinal, who owns a dog walking company called Wiggle Walks, was out with some dogs along the waterfront earlier in the afternoon and captured some video showing black smoke coming from the building.
Boston 25 News has crews on the scene.
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