Gas main fire that started Sunday in Roslindale put out Tuesday afternoon

Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff

National grid and other emergency crew worked to fix 10-inch gas main near 340 Hyde Park Ave., about a mile south of the Forest Hills MBTA station Tuesday.

By Globe Staff 

A gas main fire that started on Sunday in Roslindale, shooting flames into the frigid air and forcing the evacuation of nearby homes, was extinguished by National Grid workers on Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman said.

Danielle Williamson tweeted around 1 p.m. that National Grid had “successfully extinguished the fire . . . and can now begin working on permanent repairs to the main on Hyde Park Ave. Tremendous work in challenging conditions to keep gas flowing to more than 8,000 customers.”


Robert Kievra, a National Grid spokesman, had said in the morning that workers were in the process of installing a bypass line into the main to cut off fuel to the fire.

The fire in the 10-inch gas main began shortly after 6 p.m. near 340 Hyde Park Ave., about a mile south of the Forest Hills MBTA station. Fire crews initially tried to use sand to smother the flames.

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said the utility did not shut off the gas Sunday night because of the extreme cold, which also hampered repair efforts.

Three three-decker homes near the fire were evacuated as a precaution Sunday night, and sidewalks were covered with sheets of ice from where firefighters had sprayed water to keep the fire from spreading.

Three utility workers were taken to a hospital for treatment of burns, officials said. Kievra said Tuesday there were no additional injuries and no customers had lost gas service.

Evan Allen of the Globe Staff and Globe correspondent Martha Schick contributed to this report Travis Andersen can be reached at
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