6:33 PM: Fire crews are at a house fire in the 9400 block of 8th SW (map) in Highland Park right now. Sounds like it is under control but not completely out. We’re on the way; more shortly.
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6:49 PM UPDATE: On scene; adding photo. Fire damage not visible from exterior, but sounds like there’s some interior damage. Most notable other effect right now is that traffic on 8th SW – which is a major route in southern Highland Park – is closed from Roxbury to Cambridge. Some units are being cleared from the scene; we’re waiting to talk with the incident commander to make sure there are no injuries.
6:56 PM UPDATE: From Lt. Sue Stangl at the scene (clip above, added later) – nobody was home; neighbors saw smoke and called 911. Firefighters opened the door and thick smoke poured out. The cause of the fire hasn’t been traced yet; no injuries, but there’s enough damage that the residents won’t be able to go back inside tonight. The Red Cross is being called to help the 2 adults and 3 children who live there.
9:05 PM UPDATE: Lt. Stangl says investigators figured out how the fire started – accidental; “unattended food left on the stove.” Damage is estimated at $100,000 for the house, $30,000 for what was inside. And via Twitter, Jake reports that police and remaining fire units have just started clearing the scene, which means 8th SW should reopen shortly if it hasn’t already.