Two fires in Dorchester cause $425k in damage, one family displaced

Two separate fires in Dorchester buildings Sunday evening caused a cumulative $425,000 in damage and displaced one family, according to Boston fire officials.

A two-alarm fire broke out at 271 Hancock St. in a vacant three-and-a-half story home around 5 p.m., said Steve MacDonald, a Boston Fire Department spokesman.

No one was hurt or displaced, but the blaze caused $350,000 worth of damage, MacDonald said.

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The blaze’s cause is under investigation, MacDonald said.

As that fire wound down, another one broke out three miles away at a single-family residence at 28 Gallivan Blvd., MacDonald said.

The blaze there was caused by unattended incense in the attic, and caused about $75,000 in damage, he said.

That damage comprises about half the building’s worth, which city officials documented at just under $152,000 in this fiscal year.

Although there were no injuries, the family there was displaced, and will need to fix the scorched remains of the attic before they can move back in, MacDonald said.

“They’ll have to work with their insurance company and hire some contractors first,” he said. “This was an accident, but obviously it had serious consequences with people being displaced.”

MacDonald warned to never leave candles, incense, and other lit materials unattended.

“It should always be in the presence of someone,” he said.

American Red Cross workers are assisting a female resident displaced in the fire, according to the organization.