A fast moving 2 alarm fire drove about 30 residents out into the cold at 25 Peterborough Street in Boston's Fenway neighborhood just after 5:30pm on New Year's Eve.
The fire broke out in a third floor unit of the five story brick apartment building and spread to the upper floors via a pipe chase according to fire officials which took about an hour to control.
Firefighters had to break open walls and ceiling as well as cut vent holes in the roof of the building to access the fire to knock it down.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority provided a bus for the displaced occupants to stay warm while the Red Cross were making arrangements for some to stay a hotels. Many of the residents were able to stay with friends and relatives for the night.
There were no injuries reported.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the damages have been set at $500,000.
There is no word on how long the residents will be displaced from their homes.