UPDATED: Four-Alarm Blaze on Beacon Street

The fire, which broke out around 9 a.m., has since been knocked down.

Updated: 6:19 p.m. 

Some crews are starting to leave the scene at the Empire, but traffic is still blocked off on the eastbound side of Beacon Street from Washington Square to Marion Street. 

Selectwoman Jesse Mermell said via Twitter this evening that around 60 residents were displaced due to the fire. The Red Cross is providing shelter for those displaced residents. 

4:03 p.m.

[Photos of the aftermath of the fire added]

Crews are still on scene at the Empire apartment building Monday afternoon, cutting holes in the roof of the four-story building and putting out hot spots. 

As of 4 p.m., Beacon Street going eastbound is still blocked off from the Washington Square area to Marion Street. 

Crews and a rehab truck from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services is also on scene at this time. 

It appears at this time that the building next door, 1459 Beacon St., is open to victims of the fire and firefighters.

2:45 p.m.

Many police and fire crews are still on scene at the Beacon Street apartment building where a four-alarm blaze broke out this morning. Brookline DPW crews are also on scene sweeping up debris and sand that was spread out through the area. 

The crews have sinced removed the ladder that was reaching up to the roof where firefighters were working. 

1:07 p.m.

Scanner reports indicate that crews from Dedham and Somerville are coming in to relieve those firefighters who have been working since the blaze broke out around 9 a.m. Newton, Cambridge and Boston trucks have recently been released. 

According to reports on Boston.com, all residents of the building were accounted for, with one being transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

Patch correspondent Steve Walsh, who is on scene, reports that the fire went to four alarms with some special calls for additional units. This story previously reported information that the fire went to five alarms. 

12:49 p.m. Although the fire is out, many of the streets around the Beacon Street building are closed off to traffic. Residents and commuters should take some extra time in their travels and plan back-up routes. 

12:25 p.m.: Scanner reports indicate the fire is out.

Updated: 10:22 a.m.: One person has been taken to the hospital as a result of the fire, and all people have been evacuated from the building, at 1471 Beacon St. The fire has been upgraded to five alarms, scanner reports indicate.

Police have blocked off Beacon Street in the area, back to Coolidge Corner.

10:10 a.m.: According to scanner reports, a fire broke out this morning at 1471 Beacon St., a four-story building between Summit Avenue and Washington Street. 

The now four-alarm fire originated in a laundry room dryer, reports indicate. NECN is reporting on Twitter that firefighters are evacuating surrounding buildings.

Editor's note: The headline of this story previously indicated the fire went to five alarms. However, Patch correspondent Steve Walsh, who is on scene, says the fire was four alarms, with some special calls for additional units. 


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