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Two-alarm fire rips through Dorchester home

Occupants escape uninjured; two firefighters sustain minor injuries

A fire on Moultrie Street had the firefighters battling the blaze and weather.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

A fire on Moultrie Street had the firefighters battling the blaze and weather.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries today as they battled a two-alarm blaze in Dorchester that caused an estimated $400,000 in damage and displaced five residents.

Firefighters responded at 11:48 a.m. to the fire in the 2½-story wood-frame house at Moultrie and Seaborn streets, fire officials said.

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Firefighters encountered flames when they arrived. The fire was burning so strongly that firefighters were ordered to battle it from outside, officials said.

The heaviest flames were extinguished by 12:15 p.m. and the fire was out at about 1 p.m., fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald said.

Residents escaped safely from the two-family home, officials said. Four of the five were home at the time.

Two firefighters were taken to Carney Hospital with leg injuries, officials said. Their legs broke through damaged floorboards on the first floor of the home, causing “bumps, bruises, and sprains,” MacDonald said.

The Red Cross was called to assist the three adults and two children who were displaced, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson
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