Basement fire at East Boston duplex displaces 10

A two-alarm fire in the basement of an East Boston duplex Saturday displaced 10 people, the Boston Fire Department said on Twitter.

Firefighters responded just after 2 p.m. to the blaze at 89 Morris St., the department said. The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage but resulted in no injuries.

Investigators working to determine a cause were still on the scene late Saturday afternoon, according to Steve MacDonald, a Boston Fire Department spokesman.


The fire was confined to the basement, but damage to utilities displaced the 7 adults and 3 children who lived in the duplex’s three apartments, he said.

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The fire was put out by 3:15 p.m., the department tweeted.

Some of the displaced will need assistance from the Red Cross, the department said.

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