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(NECN) – The Boston community is mourning the loss of two firefighters who were killed while fighting a massive blaze in Boston’s Back Bay.
The 9-alarm fire at 298 Beacon St. extended up from the basement of the four-story brownstone building Wednesday afternoon.
Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy died from their injuries. Walsh, 43, of West Roxbury, was married and had three children, all under age 10; Kennedy, 33, of Hyde Park was single and spent more than six years as a firefighter.
Thirteen other firefighters were injured.
Boston EMS said at least 18 people in all were taken to area hospitals. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center confirmed that seven patients were transported there. Six were in good condition and one in fair condition.
The aftermath of the fire shows a severely damaged building. Fire officials remained on scene Thursday morning.