According to the Boston Fire Department, no one was injured when a three-story duplex caught fire at 1953 Columbus Ave.
UPDATE, Friday, 6:22 p.m. The fire was apparently caused by careless disposal of a cigarette. ~~~~~ A fire in a three-story duplex at 1953 Columbus Ave. in Egleston Square sparked traffic gridlock, but no one was injured. The Boston Fire Department Tweets that the damage is estimated at $250,000. The Salvation Army is assisting those turned out of their homes by the blaze, according to the department. The fire is out but expect traffic delays in the Egleston area.
According to scanner reports, people may be trapped on the second floor of a building. The fire is reportedly on the third floor.
UPDATE, Friday, 6:20 p.m. The Fire Department said the blaze was probably started by careless disposal of a cigarette. ~~~~~ Here is an update on this story from 4:10 p.m. Friday. No one was injured in the blaze. ~~~~~ Traffic is gridlocked at this hour in Jamaica PLain and Roxbury, as firefighters battle a blaze in Egleston Square. Patch correspondent Stephen Walsh, trying to follow up on reports of the Egleston fire, said traffic was backed up on Centre Street, Washington Street, and on Columbus Avenue all the way to Boston Police Headquarters. According to scanner reports, a three-alarm fire is raging in Egleston Square. 1945 Columbus Ave., in Roxbury near the Jamaica Plain line, is the address. The third floor is reportedly on fire and…