Investigation Continues into Deadly Boston Fire
Crews were called out to 298 Beacon Street in Boston’s Back Bay around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Two firefighters – Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Edward Walsh – were among the first crews there and went into the basement.
A few moments later, Boston Fire spokesperson Steve McDonald says that “some kind of extraordinary event” occurred and a mayday call was issued.
Kennedy and Walsh lost their lives as a result of injuries they sustained while fighting the fire.
Boston Fire Commissioner John Hassan reported Wednesday night that 13 firefighters were transported with injuries.
McDonald noted that several of those firefighters were admitted to area hospitals. Some of them, he says, were suffering from burns, heat exhaustion, and orthopedic injuries.
McDonald says that most of those firefighters have since been released.
Investigators now continue to go through the building to identify a cause.
“Nothing has been ruled in or out,” McDonald explained, adding that chiefs that were not involved in the incident as well as federal agents are working to find a cause.
McDonald adds that the wind contributed “greatly” on how the fire turned from “bad to worse.”
McDonald noted that the firefighter’s union is working with the families on funeral arrangements. He anticipates that those services will be some time next week.
The four-story building is a total loss.