BOSTON (WHDH) - An elderly woman was rescued and nine people were displaced after a fire broke out in a building in Dorchester Thursday afternoon, Boston fire officials said. 

The Boston Fire Department said crews responded to the scene on Thetford Street around 3 p.m. after a back porch caught fire.

Firefighters were able to get the woman out of the building before she was then taken to a hospital by Boston EMS.

The fire department shared photos from the fire response, showing crews pouring water on the charred structure. 

Speaking with 7NEWS later in the day, Boston Fire Commissioner Paul Burke said the response was difficult, with no access to the back of the building as crews initially arrived.

“It was tough conditions when they got there,” Burke said. 

The owner of the home said she had lived in the house for 18 years. Everyone who was inside, she said, is related.  

The homeowner also said it was her sister who had to be rescued from the structure’s second floor.

“She couldn’t get out by herself,” she said.

“She definitely needed the help,” one other area resident said.

Neighbors said they are thankful for quick action by Boston firefighters in this incident.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation as of Thursday night.

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