The Boston Fire Department announced it has determined an electrical short circuit was to blame for a four-alarm fire in a commercial block on Peterborough Street in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood that destroyed several restaurants and businesses.
“The Boston Fire Investigation Unit has determined the cause … to be an unspecified electrical short circuit,” said Steve MacDonald, a Boston Fire Department Spokesman, in a statement. “This was based on interviews with the first arriving firefighters, physical evidence, burn patterns and other factors.”
The fire started in the ceiling of Thornton’s Fenway Grille, what was a popular college hangout on the corner of the block.
This fire destroyed Thornton’s, Rod-Dee Thai Cuisine, El Pelon Taqueria, Greek Isles, Sorrento’s and Umi Japanese restaurants. A dry cleaner, Bon Cleaners, was also burned to the ground.
The Jan. 6 fire caused $5 million in damage.