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Boston Firefighters Battling 8-Alarm Blaze

Image: Flames shoot through the roof of a building in Boston on Wednesday.
Flames shoot through the roof of a building in Boston on Wednesday.@BostonFire via Twitter

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Boston firefighters were battling a monstrous 8-alarm fire Wednesday evening.

The fire was reported in the city's East Boston section just before 7:30 p.m. By 9 p.m., firefighters were still showering water on the blazing building and surrounding structures, according to NBC affiliate New England Cable News.

Fire officials told NECN the fire had been contained to the building where it had sparked.

The building was occupied when the blaze broke out, with some people inside. There were no major injuries, Fire Commissioner John Hassan told NECN. A neighboring building was destroyed.

The residents in the affected building and neighboring structures have been accounted for, Hassan told the affiliate.

He said three houses and a car were impacted by the fire. It appears the fire was sparked in the basement of 85 Lexington St. It extended to a car in the alley and from there to an adjacent building.

Tom Winter of NBC News contributed to this report.

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