Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
One Boston firefighter suffered a burn injury and four residents were sent to the hospital after a four-alarm fire ripped through an East Boston duplex Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.
The blaze started around 12:30 p.m. in a three-story, wood-frame duplex apartment building at 238 Havre St., the Boston Fire Department said.
Boston fire Chief of Operations Gerry Fontana said 21 people were displaced from the six-family duplex, and one adult and three children went to the hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation.
Fire companies found heavy smoke pouring from the upper floors of the building when they arrived. Firefighters were ordered off the third floor and roof.
“It was compromising the structure,” he said. “We had some roof collapse . . . This was a tough one.”
The Fire Department tweeted, “Heavy fire in the top floor ceiling. Starting to rotate fresh companies in to rehab first due firefighters. Pulling ceilings to expose fire.”
By 2:35 p.m. the fire was under control, and firefighters were chasing hot spots in the building.
According to the department’s Twitter account, one firefighter was “treated and transported by @BOSTON_EMS with a burn injury.
On Tuesday afternoon, Claudia Jaramillo sat in the back of Blanquita’s Market, holding her gray poodle, Oddie, in her lap.
The market is located at the corner of Havre Street and Marion Street in East Boston, just a few doors down from her home, which was surrounded by firefighters. Smoke was billowing from the roof.
Jaramillo said she lives on the second floor of 238 Havre St. and carried the dog out with her. Everyone in her apartment made it out safely, she said.
Her daughter Alison was still in school. “She doesn’t know what happened,” she said.
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