Fire Causes Evacuation at 1610 Mass. Ave.

Firefighters at Massachusetts Avenue
Firefighters attempt to subdue a fire on Massachusetts Avenue on Wednesday night. All tenants of the building evacuated safely and there were no reported injuries.

UPDATED: February 12, 2015, at 12:44 a.m.

A three-alarm fire broke out at about 7 p.m. Wednesday inside the housing complex at 1610 Massachusetts Ave., according to Cambridge Fire Department Assistant Chief James Burns.

The housing complex is located across the street from a Harvard Law School building and close to the Radcliffe Quad. The apartment building had to be fully evacuated, Burns said.

According to Burns, there were about 12 to 15 fire trucks present from multiple departments, including Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville. 


“The fire was contained to a small area…[and we] kept damage to a minimum,” Burns said. “Everyone is safe, nobody got hurt.”

Fire on Massachusetts Avenue

Burns said he believed that the fire began underneath a bathroom on the first floor of the building, although he declined to speculate as to the cause.

—Staff writer Ivan B. K. Levingston can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @IvanLevingston.


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