Neighbors rally to help residents displaced in six-alarm fire

Neighbors in and around Bowdoin-Geneva are rallying to help neighbors who were displaced by a fast-moving fire that impacted three homes on Meetinghouse Hill last week.

Three homes in a densely-packed Meetinghouse Hill neighborhood were badly damaged last Wednesday evening as Boston firefighters scrambled to contain the dangerous six-alarm blaze near Ronan Park. No one was injured in the blaze, which Boston Fire official later said was caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette on the third floor porch of a three-decker at 10 Fox Street.

The fire then spread to the adjacent buildings at 12 Fox St. and 8 Juliette St. Thirty people were displaced and many took shelter at the Holland Community Center before finding temporary quarters at local hotels. Damage was estimated at $1.2 million.

The Friends of Ronan Park and Meeting House Hill Civic Association have stepped up to support the families who lost their homes. To donate cash: Write a check payable to Friends of Ronan Park and mail to PO Box 220252, Dorchester, MA 02122 or drop off at 20 Percival Street. Be sure to write “Fire Victims Fund” in the memo line. These donations are tax-deductible. To donate clothing or household goods: drop off clean clothing or household goods at the Catholic Charities Teen Center, 278 Bowdoin Street by April 10. Hours of center are 10a.m.-9p.m. Monday-Friday. If possible, separate clothing by size, season, gender.

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