Investigators: Smoking materials likely caused Charlestown fire

BOSTON (WHDH) - Investigators determined a fire in Charlestown was likely the result of the careless disposal of smoking materials.

The fire happened July 21 and caused millions of dollars worth of damage.

It started in the back of the home on the ground floor and quickly spread to many other buildings on the block.

Five firefighters were hurt in the blaze.

The heat and intense smoke and flames were a lot for firefighters to handle.

At one point, a “mayday” was called when the fire escalated quickly and two firefighters were unaccounted for. Officials said they were found within minutes.

Nine families were displaced by the fire.

Crews demolished one building they deemed a complete loss.

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