Aug. 27, 2007 - The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum caught fire today and sent black smoke rising above the Financial District.
The 100-year-old building did not contain anything of historical significance and has been closed since August 2001 when lightning sparked another fire and damaged the museum's entrance and exit, said Shawn P. Ford, vice president of Historic Tours of America, the company that owns the museum. The Key West, Fla.-based company had hoped to reopen the museum at the end of 2009.
Deputy Chief Robert Calobrisi of the Boston Fire Department said that the fire may have been caused by sparks from workers cutting and welding beams on Congress Street Bridge. Workers from the Walsh construction company were laying deck for a pedestrian walkway.
The exact cause is still under investigation, Calobrisi said.
Firefighters responded to the call shortly after noon and rang a second alarm. About 50 to 60 firefighters battled the blaze, which took three hours to extinguish.
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