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Fire Sparks in Basement Unit of Lexington Street Apartment Building [Updated]

One resident was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Updated 9:24 a.m.:

An accidental cooking fire caused approximately $40,000 in damages to a Lexington Street apartment Monday night. 

Newton firefighters responded to 181 Lexington St. Monday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. for reports of a fire in a basement studio apartment, according to a press release from the Newton Fire Department. When crews arrived on scene five minutes later, they found smoke throughout the three-story brick apartment building.

Firefighters with Engine 2 were able to contain the fire to just the single studio apartment, the press release said.

According to scanner reports, the fire was knocked down just before 5 p.m.

Crews and investigators were cleared of the scene by 6:15 p.m.

The resident of the studio unit was transported to Newton-Wellesley Hospital for smoke inhalation, the press release said. No other injuries were reported.


Posted earlier:

Newton firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out Monday afternoon in a basement unit of a Lexington Street apartment building. 

Firefighters responded to the building at 181 Lexington St. in Auburndale around 4:45 p.m. Monday, according to scanner reports, and flames were knocked down just before 5 p.m. 

The fire sparked in a small, one-bedroom unit, according to Newton Fire Department Spokesman Lt. Eric Fricke.

The resident of the apartment was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation, Fricke said. No other injuries were reported.

Although it appears as though the fire started in the apartment's kitchen, Fricke said investigators have not ruled on an official cause. Early damage estimates are around $40,000, but that number could change depending on any smoke damage to the rest of the building, he added.

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