Improper Disposal of Smoking Materials Sparked Low-Rise Blaze

Rear of Forbes Building— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) February 16, 2015

Investigators are blaming a seventh-floor fire that forced the partial evacuation of a low-rise apartment building on a resident's improper disposal of smoking materials. The fire alarm of the multi-use building activated at 1 p.m. Monday, said Steve MacDonald, spokesperson for the Boston Fire Department. One part of the building has eight floors, another seven. It was in the seven-story section, which houses Beth Israel Deaconess Jamaica Plain on the first floor, where the fire started.


Firefighters Knock Down Seventh-Floor Fire at 545 Centre St.

Roof fire at 545 centre. @universalhub @02130News— Shamus Moynihan (@ShamusJP) February 16, 2015

Boston Firefighters are working fire on the top floor of the Forbes Building. According to the department's Twitter feed, they have knocked down a fire on the seventh floor. UPDATE: Full story, including the cause of the fire. The building is mostly housing for seniors.