The Boston fire has taken two firefighters and injured thirteen others as the blaze quickly spread. The Back Bay fire began at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and was subdued by Wednesday night.
Firefighters Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33, were both battling the fire on the basement level at 298 Beacon St. Walsh, who was a happily married man with three children, was pronounced dead at the scene. The lieutenant had over nine years of experience with firefighting. Meanwhile, six-year firefighter Kennedy was found alive with critical injuries. He was later pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Thirteen other firefighters were injured in the blaze and sent to the local hospital for both minor and severe injuries. Officials were upset at the loss of the two firefighters as Boston Mayor Martin Walsh told reporters:
“We lost two heroes here today. Today is just a sad day in the city of Boston.”
“Words cannot do justice to the grief that we feel tonight. Our hearts are heavy with the knowledge that these brave men gave their lives to protect the safety of our city and its people.”
Remaining firefighters pushed through Wednesday night and subdued the fire completely by early Thursday morning. Despite the extremity of the fire, the building is still considered usable and investigators say that nothing about the fire seemed suspicious.
What Happened at the Boston Fire? Two Firefighters Killed Thirteen Injured in Back Bay Fire.