Crews put out 9-alarm fire at casket company that caused evacuation in East Boston

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Fire officials evacuated residents in the Orient Height neighborhood after a fire started at a casket manufacturing company Friday evening.

The Boston Fire Department tweeted that residents were evacuated due to heavy smoke conditions caused by a 9-alarm fire. After 11 p.m. Friday night, crews were wrapping up after working to put out the big fire for hours. No life-threatening injuries were reported and all residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The fire at the New England Casket Company was reported shortly after 3 p.m. The company is located at 1141 Bennington Street. Firefighters from multiple departments worked together to control the fire which began as a 3-alarm but ended as a 9-alarm fire.

Fire Commissioner Joe Finn and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh were both at the location as the fire continued to burn through the building.

Heavy fire and smoke were reported and residents were advised to avoid the area until it was safe.

Chelsea Fire was among the many departments assisting. Service to the MBTA Blue line was suspended during the incident.

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