BOSTON (WHDH) - Dozens of people were displaced following a three-alarm blaze that broke out Thursday at a four-story brick building on the Jamaica Plain-Roxbury line near Egleston Square.

Crews responding to a reported structure fire at a mixed-occupancy building on Washington Street just before 5 p.m. found flames shooting from the back of the building, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Video from Sky7 HD showed firefighters using several ladder trucks to douse the building with water. Several balconies were badly charred in the blaze and major roof damage was visible.

Yesenia Andino, who escaped the building said, “My mind was just telling me, ‘Leave everything. Can we go. We need to go.”

Magaly Torres said, “The fire started outside our living room window. It just happened so fast. The window shattered, and we had to get out.”

Some families rushed to escape while others watched in fear.

“I was holding my younger sister, and she was just crying, and she was asking, ‘Where’s Mom, where’s Mom?'” Yaliah Vickers said.

About 40 people were displaced.

Nearly 100 firefighters battled the blaze.

“We have no fire service injuries or civilian injuries,” Boston Firefighter Andre Stallworth said. “Everybody got out, fortunately.”

The damage was estimated at $1 million.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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