A three-alarm fire stopped traffic on Franklin Avenue between Greene and Gates Avenues this afternoon, but appeared to be under control by 6:30 PM when the first three photos above were taken. The fire gutted a detached wood-frame house (last two photos) at approximately 378 Franklin Avenue, just south of Quincy, but did not seem to have spread to surrounding structures. A local woman who had spoken with a firefighter said the house had been vacant for some time and that no one was hurt in the blaze. The third alarm was rung, according to her source, because of a faulty fire hydrant on the north side of Quincy that left firefighters short of water.
A small crowd had gathered by the time I arrived on my bike, but the mood was calm. One woman approached the firefighters to say "You're doing a great job. Thank you so much." When she returned to the curb, she remarked, "After 9/11, I just get chills thinking about what they do. We sometimes think differently about the cops, but these guys are stepping into an inferno."