Boston fire injures 13, possible suicide attempt

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by Sarah See

Thirteen people were injured early Monday in a Boston apartment building fire started by a man who was likely attempting suicide, authorities said.

The Boston Fire Department responded to the large apartment complex blaze around 12:45 a.m. EST, after residents of the Roxbury neighborhood who escaped said they heard an explosion, department spokesman Steve MacDonald said to CNN.

The suspect, Mohamed Abdul Jabar, 28, was arrested after showing up at Boston Medical Center with burns, claiming he started the fire, police said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Jabar, who is from suburban Medford and did not live at the location, may have been in a relative's apartment and set the fire as a failed suicide attempt, police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said.

Jabar is expected to face a list of charges, including arson and attempted murder, according to the Associated Press.

Jabar was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital's burn unit and treated in intensive care for second-degree burns to his arms, hands and face, according to the Associated Press.

About 160 firefighters were called to the scene, and at least 15 people were rescued from the three-story building that covers nearly an entire city block, according to the news reports.

A 6-year-old boy was dropped by his grandparents from a third-floor window into the arms of a waiting firefighter, according to the Associated Press.

Ten civilians were treated for smoke inhalation, and two firefighters and a police officer were treated for minor injuries, MacDonald said.

Twenty-five apartments were damaged or destroyed, MacDonald said.

A temporary shelter was set up for residents displaced by the fire, according to the Associated Press.

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