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BOSTON - Five people were taken to the hospital after a Boston University building on Commonwealth Avenue caught on fire Friday morning.
Boston Fire said the flames started in the recording studio, which was around 8:50 a.m. By 9:40 a.m., firefighters had the flames been extinguished.
“Down the hall I could see tons of smoke, and I know by the time the engineers and professors got out, the whole hallway was covered in smoke, and they could barely see anything,” Hayley Gershon said.
Three students, a BU police officer and a firefighter were treated and transported for smoke inhalation. Their injuries are non-life threatening.
Students told FOX25 when they first heard the alarms they weren't sure how to react.
“I originally thought it was fake. I heard the ding ding ding of the fire alarm, I thought it was the ventilator making noise,” Jenna Perlman said.
Boston Fire said that the room it started in is soundproof and heavily insulated.
The Boston fire chief estimated damages at $500,000.00. Fire investigators are still on scene for cause and point of origin.
“There was a lot of water damage. So with it being on the third floor, it came down on the second and first floor. We’re going to have to assess to see how much repair we are going to need to do to get students back into the building,” BU Deputy Police Chief Scott Pare said.
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