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Weymouth firefighters battle fire in elderly housing complex

A two-alarm fire broke out in an elderly housing complex in Weymouth this morning, temporarily forcing the evacuation of at least 16 units as authorities continue to investigate the blaze.

By this morning, four residents were displaced by the fire, and they will be relocated to new housing today, said Matt Sheaff, of the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

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Weymouth Deputy Fire Chief Richard Chase said firefighters were called to the complex at 29 Calnan Circle at 4:13 a.m. and found flames coming out the windows.

“They went to work to evacuate the building, and to extinguish the fire,” he said.

Firefighters from Quincy and Braintree assisted, and at one point about 30 firefighters were on scene helping to battle the fire and evacuate homes. No injuries were reported.

Chase said the complex has about 16 units, and is divided into sections of four units. The fire occurred on the top-floor unit at 29 Calnan Circle.

Chase said the fire started in the bedroom, but spread throughout the unit.

“It got into the attic, the living room, the whole unit,” he said.

Authorities from Weymouth and the state fire marshal’s office are on scene investigating.

Milton J. Valencia can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @miltonvalencia.
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