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2 Dead After Fire Caused By 'Careless' Smoking In Boston's North End

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Boston fire officials said Wednesday two people died after an early morning fire tore through a five-story brick building on Hanover Street.

According to officials, two men were killed in the fire, making the two deaths the first fire fatalities in the city for 2017.

282 Hanover St., Boston, where a fire killed two Wednesday morning. (Courtesy Boston Fire Department Twitter)
282 Hanover St., Boston, where a fire killed two Wednesday morning. (Courtesy Boston Fire Department Twitter)

Officials said the cause was the "careless disposal" of smoking materials in a second-floor bedroom. They estimated the damage to be at $1.5 million. Twelve people in total have been displaced from the building.

Fire officials say a man in his 50s was found dead inside a second-floor apartment. A man in his 30s died at the hospital after jumping. No names were released.

The fire began on the second floor of the building, which has eight apartments. A couple and an infant were rescued with an aerial ladder.

With material from the Associated Press

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