Off-campus students affected by Hemenway fire receive free housing


A Boston police officer stands watch as firefighters battle the seven alarm blaze at 104 Hemenway St. Oct. 27. Diana Bravo / Beacon Correspondent

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer

The college will provide temporary housing free of charge at the 12 Hemenway residence hall to the two off-campus students affected by the fire at 104 Hemenway St., according to two college officials.

“They will have that space as long as they need,” Associate Dean of Campus Life Erik Muurisepp said.

The two sophomore or junior students lived together in 108 Hemenway St., adjacent to 104 Hemenway St., according to Muurisepp. Muurisepp did not provide the full names or specific grade levels of the students due to privacy concerns.

108 Hemenway St. sustained smoke and water damages to the upper floors but did not catch fire, according to Muurisepp. Boston Fire Department Spokesman Marc Sanders said an unspecified electrical issue sparked the fire in 104 Hemenway St.

The fire severely impacted Berklee College of Music’s residence hall at 98 Hemenway St., according to Muurisepp. Muurisepp said the college will work with Berklee to provide spaces for Berklee students if necessary. Berklee has not yet confirmed any such agreement with the college, according to Vice President and Dean of Campus Life James Hoppe.

“We’re glad everyone’s safe. [104 Hemenway St.] is an independent building … so there are a lot of moving parts,” Muurisepp said.

The fire caused at least $10 million in damages, according to BFD. The fire started on the second floor of 104 Hemenway St., according to Sanders. It then spread to the rest of the building and eventually collapsed the roof. Sanders said the seven civilians and four firefighters injured are recovering.