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Allston house fire displaces 6 ‘adult students’

Six people were displaced after a fire damaged part of a two-story home on Ashford Street in Allston late Sunday night, according to city fire officials.

The American Red Cross assisted the six people who were described in a report from firefighters as “adult students,” Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department, said Monday. He said the report did not describe the displaced individuals further.

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No injuries were reported.

The fire broke out on the first floor of a two-story, wood-frame house at 26 Ashford St. around 10:50 p.m., MacDonald said.

He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Building inspectors for the city were scheduled to visit the home Monday, he said.

The fire occurred in a part of Allston hit by two serious house fires in recent months.

One blaze killed one BU student and resulted in the home’s landlord being cited for violating city housing rules. Another blaze at a nearby house in January 2012 sent seven students to the hospital, including one who suffered neurological problems after emerging from a coma.

After each of those fires, city officials conducted special door-to-door campaigns to promote fire prevention and to inspect for health and safety violations.

There is a high concentration of college students living in that area of Allston, where city inspectors have said they frequently respond to reports of unsafe, unsanitary, and illegal living conditions.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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