BU student dies in Boston house fire
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Flames tore through a multi-family home on Linden Street Sunday morning, claiming the life of a woman living inside and injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.
“The flames were pretty huge. They hadn’t even pulled people out at that point. It was a pretty scary situation,” said Spencer Verney, who witnessed the fire.
Nine people from inside the house were rushed to the hospital. Six firefighters were also hurt. When the fire was finally out, firefighters found a woman’s body still in the attic.
“Because so many people lived in the building and so many went to the hospital, we were not made aware of anyone missing,” said Steve MacDonald of the Boston fire department.
Investigators believe 18 people shared the Linden Street home.
“At some point we were informed by residents they couldn’t find one person,” said MacDonald.
In a letter to students, Boston University President Robert Brown wrote, in part: “This tragedy comes close on the heels of the Boston Marathon losses, which have so affected our community. We are working to marshal counseling and support resources…”
Eight of the residents of the Linden Street home are students at Boston University; two of those students were taken to a hospital.
“It certainly seems on the face of it that 18 people were too many people to be living in this home,” said MacDonald.
Flames spread through the second floor of the home around 6:30 a.m. Sunday. One person jumped to the ground. Firefighters rescued three more from the roof.
“It’s terrible. It’s terrible. It didn’t sink in for me until I came here,” said Scott Gopal, whose daughter was in the home.
Gopal’s daughter was visiting friends and spent the night at the Linden Street home. She woke up with her cousin to the sound of a fire alarm.
“She’s doing fine. Her cousin is still in the intensive care,” said Gopal.
Crews who are working to determine the cause of the fire are also questioning why so many people lived in the home.
The name of the woman who died in the fire has not been released. She was a student at Boston University.