Weymouth: Elderly housing complex catches fire

According to Weymouth Deputy Fire Chief Richard Chase, they received a call around 4:15AM Monday morning of a residence on fire. When firefighters arrived at Weymouth Housing Authority’s Calnan Circle complex, which houses elderly residents, they saw fire projecting out of two sides of an apartment building.

“[The cause is] still under investigation at this time. It’s not suspicious. The State Fire Marshal’s office was out this morning as well as members of our fire prevention staff that were looking into the cause but they have not made a determination as of yet,” explains Deputy Chief Chase

One unit in the apartment building, where the fire started, was totally destroyed. A handful of surrounding units suffered heavy smoke and water damage and will need extensive repair. But Deputy Chief Chase says all of the elderly residents in the entire building needed to be transported, “They did evacuate 12-units to the clubhouse and I think probably sometime today, tomorrow, or the following day eight of those units will be able to be reoccupied after some just cleaning and restoring services to the building.”

No injuries were reported.

When Weymouth firefighters arrived to the elderly housing complex, they struck a second alarm which required crews from Quincy and Braintree to assist in tackling the fire.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.