Support the news

Fire Destroys 264-Unit Apartment Complex Under Construction In Waltham

Firefighters pour water on the destroyed remains of an under-construction apartment complex Sunday in Waltham. (Steven Senne/AP)
Firefighters pour water on the destroyed remains of an under-construction apartment complex Sunday in Waltham. (Steven Senne/AP)
This article is more than 2 years old.

A major fire in Waltham has destroyed an under-construction luxury apartment complex.

The fire at the 264-unit complex, which was slated to open early next year, broke out early Sunday morning.

Waltham Fire Chief Paul Ciccone says the apartment buildings were vulnerable because they were made of wood, and because they were open to the elements.

William Forte, the city's building inspector, says the project was 60 percent completed. The project recently passed a building inspection by the city.

"Most of the construction here was unprotected with sheet rock, two of the buildings were completed with sheet rock, the other two were not," Forte says, explaining that sheet rock acts as fire protection.

The Waltham fire (Simon Rios/WBUR)
The Waltham fire (Simon Rios/WBUR)

Firefighters from more than a dozen communities, including Boston, were called in to help.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries: one from exhaustion, and the other from minor burns.

More than 100 people were evacuated from nearby residential buildings.

Ciccone says investigators are trying to determine the cause and the source of explosions at the height of the fire.

Eversource says the fire caused power outages in the area.

Simón Rios Twitter Reporter
Simón Ríos is an award-winning bilingual reporter in WBUR's newsroom.

More…

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news