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Fire damages apartment building in Brookline

A two-alarm fire damaged an apartment complex in Brookline this morning, Brookline officials said.

The fire started in the basement of the building at 669 Washington St. around 4 a.m. and then spread to the upper floors, officials said. The cause is under investigation. No one was reported injured.

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Some residents are now being allowed back into the building to gather some belongings, said Brookline Police Lieutenant Philip Harrington.

A senior center on Winchester Street was opened to serve as an emergency shelter for the evacuated residents, Harrington said.

Washington Street was closed from Beacon to Cypress streets until 8 a.m. while the fire was brought under control, he said.

The Brookline Community Emergency Response Team, which was trained by the American Red Cross, was assisting 17 people today, officials said.

Melissa Werthmann can be reached at melissa.werthmann@globe.com.
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