Fire on Wellington Street Roof Deck

The Boston Fire Department responded to a grill fire that extended to a roof deck on Thursday night.

The Boston Fire Department responded to a grill fire that extended to a third story roof deck on Wellington Street on Thursday night. All residents were evacuated safety during the blaze.

Around 8:05 p.m., firefighters from District 4 were called to 20 Wellington St. for a report of a roof deck that was fully involved with fire.

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By 8:20 p.m., firefighters were reporting that the fire had spread to a fourth floor deck at 18 Wellington St.

The fire was reported knocked down at 8:30 p.m.

"Please keep grills off of upper floor porches and roofs. They are illegal and could result in this," tweeted the Boston Fire Department during the fire. 

Since the fire was on the roof of the buildings, large clouds of black smoke extended up into the sky, causing concern among South End residents.

"Oh Lord the South End is on fire," tweeted @chriswacki. 

"1) There's an apartment fire on our block (scary) and 2) Avoid Columbus Ave near Mass Ave," @Amohsen tweeted. 

There's been no word yet from the Boston Fire Department on the exact cause of the fire or whether there were any injuries associated with the fire. Stay with South End Patch for further updates. 

Virginia E Watkins August 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM
It is important to publicize the fact that grills on upper decks are illegal and dangerous.
Northguy August 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Grills are not illegal on upper decks. LP gas (IE anything with a propane bottle) and charcoal grills are illegal on upper decks. Electric grills and gas grills that are attached professionally (by a licensed plumber) to a building's gas line are perfectly legal.
Susan Gamble April 14, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Hope everyone was OK. It's unfortunate that these roof deck fires are becoming more common. Northguy, you are exactly right. Grills are in fact not illegal in Boston, electric grills are perfectly legal, however you can never be too careful. My roofing company (www.olympicroofing.com/boston-ma-roofing) constructs quite a few roof decks each year in Boston, and with every installation we always post a warning about grilling and fire-safety when using the deck. I think this is pretty important, especially for a city like Boston that has quite a large student population. - Susan


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