Davis Square Fire Shuts Down Holland Street Tuesday Morning

Smoke billowed over Holland Street as firefighters worked to control a fire that caused about $100,000 in damage and displaced eight people.

A fire on Holland Street, just outside Davis Square, shut down much of the roadway Tuesday morning as firefighters used chainsaws and ladders to get at the smoke and flames.

The fire caused about $100,000 worth of damage, according to an email from Deputy Chief Charles Breen.

One firefighter, Tom Ross, received a small laceration to the face, according to Breen's email. Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher, speaking at the scene of the fire Tuesday, said there were no other injuries.

The fire struck 68-70 Holland St., across Holland Street from Orleans and near the Buena Vista Road parking lot, shortly after 11 a.m.

The building is residential, with a psychic business on the first floor. Eight people were displaced, accoding to Breen.

Smoke billowed over Holland Street as firefighters focused their efforts on the rear porch and wall. Breen said the cause of the fire was likely an electrical problem in the ceiling of the first-floor rear stairwell.

Holland Street, from Davis Square to Simpson Avenue, was closed down as firefighters worked.


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