Brighton eight-alarm music school fire leaves two firefighters injured
An eight-alarm fire broke out in the wee hours of the morning today, attracting more than 150 firefighters to tame the flames and canceling school for some Brookline students.
Brian Alkins, chief information officer for the Boston Fire Department, said the cause of the blaze was still under investigation. The call first arrived around 4.30am, and firefighters who arrived at the scene encountered “high winds and thick black smoke,” he said.
“The wind actually fed the fire,” he said. “Once the wind got in, it pushed fire all over the building, and since it was a smoky building, we couldn’t see.” For the safety of the firefighters, they were prematurely evacuated from the building. Five hours after the first call, they were still fighting the fire.
“Since it is such a large building, we cannot go inside,” he said. “We are fighting fires outside, which makes it a bit more difficult to access the fire pit. He added that two firefighters sustained minor injuries. More than 150 firefighters from Boston showed up, as well as several from Brookline.
He was unsure if there were any occupants inside the building at the time, or if any residents lived in the building, although he did confirm that it was a commercial building. He didn’t think the team would determine the cause of the blaze by Friday.
Three middle school girls walking near 185 Corey Rd. Said they were surprised to learn that class was interrupted at the nearby Brookline Driscoll School due to thick smoke in the air, which was still visible for hours over. late as firefighters continued to spray water on the large building.
One of the students, Alexa, said she was taking piano lessons inside the building, which houses a music school, recording studio, dance studio and healthcare business in residence.
“It’s definitely not like the newer building, but I wouldn’t expect it to catch fire,” she said of the large wooden structure. “I was shocked because my mom was like, ‘Oh, this is a place near Brighton, near your school,'” she said, realizing the building was her piano studio. “It was quite surprising.”
Another of the girls said the water had turned brown in her home, and all three said their homes smelled of smoke. One of them, Virginia, compared the smell to bacon.
The third student, Eva, said she woke up with what she thought was fog, but was “so happy” to learn later that school had been canceled, giving the girls a three-day weekend before the holidays.