BOSTON — Authorities say two men have died in an early morning fire in Boston, including one who jumped from an upper floor window in an effort to escape.
The blaze in the city’s largely Italian North End neighborhood at about 1 a.m. Wednesday was blamed on the careless disposal of smoking materials in a second-floor bedroom.
Two adults and an infant rescued from an upper floor by a ladder truck were hospitalized for evaluations. About 12 residents were displaced from the five-floor building with a restaurant on the ground floor.
Fire officials say a man in his 50s was found dead inside a second-floor apartment. A man in his 30s died at the hospital after jumping. No names were released.
They were the first fire fatalities in the city this year.