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The Boston Globe


Eight-alarm fire guts South Boston building

No injuries reported from blaze on Summer Street

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.

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