The century-old commercial building near Fort Point Channel began to burn before dawn Tuesday, triggering a rare eight alarms by the Boston Fire Department and drawing a small army of firefighters to a neighborhood designated four years ago as a landmark district.
The fire gutted the ornate Summer Street building, which was empty and undergoing renovations. There were no injuries. Fire officials estimated the damage at about $2 million, but they said the building should be able to remain standing. They were investigating the cause and declined to comment about what may have started it.