Man and woman found dead in South Boston apartment after a fire breaks out

Neighbors of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in a South Boston apartment after an early-morning one-alarm fire broke out said they did not know them well, but remembered some of their kindnesses.

The fire started shortly before 3 a.m. in a third-floor apartment at 4 Linskey Barry Court, part of the West Broadway development also known as the D Street Housing Project, according to Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald.

“As firefighters were battling the fire, they discovered a male and a female inside the apartment,” he said. “Both were pronounced dead at the scene.”

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Officials have yet to release the victims’ names or say whether they were the apartment’s residents.

Kheila Cox, 35, who lives in the development said she often spoke with the female victim.

The woman had no children of her own, she said, but she enjoyed the company of youths in the development and gave them popsicles in the summertime.

“She really was a sweet woman,” Cox said.

Neighbors said alarms went off when the fire started.

A third-floor resident who declined to give his name said the woman was in her 50s and the male victim, who he knew only as Richard, was older.

The man said he did not know how, or if, the victims were related, and that he saw firefighters carrying a body from the building.

He said he knocked on their door but could not rouse them during the fire.

“I felt the heat from the door,” he said.

A second-floor resident who declined to give her name said a neighbor banged on her door when the fire started.

“She said, ‘fire, fire, get out!’” the woman said.

The woman said she saw heavy smoke billowing from the rear of the building on her way out.

Residents said they do not know when they will be able to return to their apartments.

The front of the building was sealed off with tape this morning, and Boston police and Boston Housing Authority police were on scene.

The building’s residents were evacuated to a community center in the development, MacDonald said. Residents on the lower floors were being allowed back into their apartments, he said, which smell of smoke but only sustained some water damage.

No other injuries were reported, MacDonald said.

The Boston Fire Department, Boston Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Suffolk County District Attorney’s office are investigating, MacDonald said.