2 firefighters killed battling 9-alarm Boston blaze

A total of 18 people were taken to the hospital.
By Kate Stanton   |   March 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM  |  Updated March 26, 2014 at 9:16 PM   |   Comments

March 26 (UPI) -- Two firefighters died Wednesday after a nine-alarm fire ripped through a four-story brick brownstone in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.

Eighteen people were taken to the hospital, including firefighters, though officials have yet to release specific details about the nature of their injuries.

Emergency crews responded to the blaze at 2:43, which reportedly started in the basement of 298 Beacon Street apartment building. Firefighters had to content with fierce storm winds passing the coast.

"All of sudden, the smoke got black and pushed out in the street and I heard a big explosion noise," an eyewitness told WCVB.

Authorities did say that they had accounted for all the residents in the building.

The Boston Fire Department released several photos of the incident on its Twitter page.

UPDATE: In a Wednesday evening press conference, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city had "lost two heroes."

They identified the dead as Lt. Edward J. Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33. Walsh had three children, while Kennedy was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

[Boston Globe, WCVB, Boston Herald]

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