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Careless disposal of smoking material cited in Belton Street fire

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UPDATED, July 13: Two residents and two firefighters are recovering Sunday, July 12, after an overnight fire in Arlington near the Reghemnt Theatre, various sources report. The WCVB-TV report includes a video

The three-alarm blaze at the home at 2 Belton St., off Alton Street, was called in at 12:45 a.m.

Town Fire Chief Robert J. Jefferson reported July 13 that careless disposal of smoking material has been deemed the cause. It does not appear to be suspicious but accidental.

One firefighter was injured when the porch collapsed and he was struck by building material and debris. That firefighter remained on scene but went to the hospital the next day and was treated for lower back strain and contusions. He is expected to recover but will be out of work about a week.

A fire lieutenant was injured in the rear of the building when he suffered a cut to his face and was then transported to Mt Auburn Hospital and had stitches to close the wound. He is expected to be out of work 10 days.

Two residents were transported to local hospitals, and fire officials are awaiting updates. The investigation into cause is ongoing.

Arlington Deputy Fire Chief Steve Porciello told The Globe  that crews arrived to a two-family home around 1 a.m. to find the rear end of the building "fully involved." More than two dozen firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze until about 5 a.m.

Names were not yet available.

Police said two people who were home at the time of the fire went to the hospital with minor injuries. The firefighter is expected to make a full recovery, The Globe reported.

At least two people were displaced by the fire, which caused heavy damage to the second and third floors in the rear of the building. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, he said.

This report was published Sunday, July 12, 2015, and updated the next two days.

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