Cambridge firefighters knock down 2-alarm blaze at Lesley University





Cambridge firefighters knocked down a two-alarm blaze inside a building on the Lesley University campus Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and there are no reported injuries, according to a statement from Acting Fire Chief Gerard E. Mahoney.

Crews responded to reports of smoke in University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. at 9:32 a.m. and found a fire in a small restaurant in the first-floor food court area, Mahoney said.

Automatic sprinklers and two hose lines were run to extinguish the fire, which was confined to the restaurant. The second alarm was rung to bring additional manpower to the scene, Mahoney said in the statement.

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“There was some smoke and water damage on floor 1 and a fairly large amount of water in the basement area. Due to the layout of the building it was difficult to ventilate the area,” Mahoney said in the statement.

The fire was extinguished in about 15 to 20 minutes, according to John Sullivan, director of communications for Lesley University.

The fire also disrupted MBTA service between Harvard and Porter squares.

Sullivan said the school’s University Hall would remain closed Wednesday.

John Hilliard can be reached at [email protected].

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