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Engine 42 firehouse in Egleston Square reaches construction milestone

A beam is raised for the new Engine 42 Firehouse, the first new firehouse built in the City of Boston in over 30 years.
A beam is raised for the new Engine 42 Firehouse, the first new firehouse built in the City of Boston in over 30 years.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

The first new firehouse in Boston in more than 30 years reached a construction milestone Friday when a massive metal beam was installed in what will eventually become the roofline for the Engine 42 fire station in Egleston Square.

The $23.5 million project will create a 24,000-square-foot, two-story building with a fitness center and space to conduct rescue training, according to the Boston Fire Department. When finished, the engine company, Rescue 2, and the District 9 chief will be assigned to the Columbus Avenue station.

The new station replaces a single-story building where Engine 42 has been housed since 1952. Starting in 1898, Engine 42 was housed in the 3000 block of Washington Street. During construction, fire operations are being relocated to 121 Amory St., a short distance from the existing station.

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