Two firefighters killed during a 9-alarm fire in Boston
By: Samantha Lavien
Two firefighters were killed and at least 18 others injured following a massive 9-alarm fire in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood on Wednesday.
“We lost two heroes here today it make me proud to be Mayor here in the city of Boston,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
43-year-old Michael Kennedy and 33-year-old Lt. Edward Walsh were killed in the Beacon Street fire.
Kennedy was a 6 year veteran of the force. Lt. Walsh had been with the department more than 9 years. The 43–year–old was married with 3 young kids.
“Apparently they went down the main cellar stairs where the main ball of fire was and I'm making an assumption here that one of the windows broke out front and drove the fire at them,” said Deputy Boston Fire Chief Joseph Finn.
The massive fire broke out around 2:45 pm. High winds fanned the flames making them harder to fight.
“In thirty years, I've never seen a fire travel that fast, escalate that quickly and create such havoc in a short period of time,” said Finn.
Several people were trapped and rescued from the top floor of the four story brownstone. Thirteen firefighters were among those injured by the fire.
“Citizens were saved and that's what we do, we sacrifice our lives for the citizens of the city of Boston. That's what Michael Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh did today,” said Richard Paris the President of the Local 718 Firefighters Union.
Fellow firefighters from all across the region are mourning the loss of their brothers.
“It hits home because it is a brotherhood firefighting and we know what they are feeling now and we sympathize with them,” said Providence Deputy Fire Chief James Mirza.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The last time two firefighters were killed in the line of duty in Boston was in 2007.
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