Early morning fire in Mattapan displaces six residents and injures three firefighters; Brockton blaze displaces two

An early morning fire in Mattapan injured three firefighters and displaced six residents, according to a Boston fire department spokesman.

The firefighters were taken to a Boston hospital for a knee burn, a case of heat exhaustion, and a back injury, said Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald. No other injuries were reported.

The three-alarm fire at 15-17 Evelyn St. was reported about 3:36 a.m. and was mostly contained within 45 minutes, MacDonald said. Four adults and two children were displaced from the two-family home.

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The fire resulted in an estimated $500,000 of damage, including a partial collapse of the front porch, MacDonald said. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The fire melted the siding on a neighboring house on Evelyn Street, causing an estimated $50,000 of damage. The residents of that building evacuated but have returned.

The Red Cross provided the residents a hotel stay and emergency funds for food, clothing, and shoes, according to a statement released by the organization this morning.

A second fire this morning, in Brockton, extensively damaged a multi-family home and displaced two adults, according to Deputy Chief Timothy Murphy of the Brockton Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

The fire impacted every floor of the building, causing its porch to collapse and burning through a “considerable” section of the roof, Murphy said. Preliminary investigation shows that careless disposal of a cigarette on the front porch sparked the blaze at 1069 Warren Ave.

The Red Cross also assisted two displaced adults who live in the building, according to a second statement. Only one family in the three-family building was home when the fire started.