BU student dies in Allston fire

The BU student who died in an Allston fire early Sunday morning has been identified as Binland Lee (CAS’13), a senior who was studying marine science, BU Today reports. The blaze, which broke out at 6:30 a.m., destroyed a three-story house at 87 Linden Street and injured nine residents, including two other University students, and six firefighters. Lee, a former vice president of the BU Marine Science Association, was scheduled to graduate in September from BU’s Marine Program. She graduated in 2009 from Brooklyn Technical High School, a specialized high school in Brooklyn, N.Y., that accepts students who pass a tough admission exam. Lee was one of a group of students who completed a ten-day field course in Belize with John Finnerty, associate professor of biology. “I was struck by her intelligence, her determination, her vitality, and her infectious smile,” said Finnerty, describing Lee as “a source of optimism for the future.” A spokesperson for the Boston Fire Department says that 18 people appeared to have been living in the building.

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