On Sunday, February 1st, at 1:20 p.m., the fire department responded to the report of a building fire at 759 Broadway. Engine 3 and Ladder 2 were first to arrive on scene from the Mill Hill Station and reported smoke showing from the 2nd floor. The crews from Engine 3 and Ladder 2 had just returned to the station a couple of hours prior to this call from assisting the Revere Fire Department battle a 3-alarm fire.
Deputy Chief Robert Zalewski arrived on scene and upgraded the incident to a “Working Fire” which brought Chelsea Tower 1 and Chelsea Engine 1 to the scene. Deputy Zalewski quickly ordered a 2nd Alarm, as the fire was burning through the exterior walls in the occupied six-unit building.
The fire operation was further complicated due to a pick up truck blocking access to a fire hydrant on Broadway which delayed getting water to Engine 3.
Crews worked for more than an hour to extinguish the fire. All 6 families were displaced from the fire and relocated by the Red Cross. No occupants were injured.
Mutual Aid was called in from Everett, Revere, Malden, Winthrop, Somerville, and Medford to assist Chelsea firefighters control the fire. Boston Engine 5 and Boston Ladder 21 covered Central Station while Somerville Engine 2 covered the Mill Hill Station.
The fire is currently under investigation.