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Up to 30 displaced in Jamaica Plain blaze

Firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze on Saturday.
Firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze on Saturday.Astead W. Herndon/Globe Staff

A three-alarm fire broke out on the first floor of a four-story apartment building in Jamaica Plain Saturday night, displacing 15 to 30 residents, according to Boston fire officials.

There were no reported injuries in the blaze that was reported around 10 p.m. at the Pondview Apartments at 560 Centre St. The displaced residents were taken to a nearby community center, as fire officials determined how much of the building can be reoccupied.

The fire is believed to have started in a first floor unit. Residents of that apartment were home at the time, but escaped unharmed, said Andre Stallworth, a deputy fire chief.

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Other residents were swifly evacuated by firefighters. A male resident of the third floor was briefly trapped inside, but a firefighter stayed with him until it was safe to evacuate, Stallworth said.

Some residents were treated for smoke inhalation by Boston Emergency Service workers on the scene.

The fire was brought under control in about 10 or 15 minutes, or about the same amount of time it took to evacuate residents from the building, Stallworth said.

The large response of fire equipment and personnel was proactive, due largely to the size of the apartment building, Stallworth said.

Residue from the fire was visible from the street. Windows were blown out and glass was shattered. Fire crews remained on the scene until after 11 p.m. “It was a pretty bread and butter operation for us,” Stallworth said.


Astead W. Herndon can be reached as astead.herndon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @AsteadWH.