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Fatal Back Bay Fire Investigation

In March 2014 two firefighters were killed in a fire in Boston's Back Bay Neighborhood. The report was released and found the Boston Fire Department partially at fault.

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Damage to the kitchen in the basement apartment.
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Lieutenant Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in the blaze.
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A view of the fire at 298 Beacon Street.
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Damage to the front of the basement apartment.
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Damage to the front doorway of the basement apartment.
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Damage to the basement apartment hallway.
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Damage to the basement apartment hallway stairway.
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Damage to the furnishing of the basement apartment.
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Damage to the basement stairway.
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Damage to the bottom of the basement stairway.
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Damage to the bottom of the stairway.
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Burned joists and wiring above the basement hallway ceiling.
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Damage to the ceiling framework near the bottom of the stairway.
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Charred unprotected rafters near the shed entrance.
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Damage to the first floor hallway.
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Damage to the foot of the basement stairs.
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More damage to the basement stairway.
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Damage to the shed entrance.
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Damage to the kitchen in the basement apartment.
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Open joist bays.
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Damage to the second floor.
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Damage to the storage cabinet at the top of the basement stairway.
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Damage to the top of the basement stairway.
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More damage tot he basement stairway.
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Damage to the shed.
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Damage to the front basement apartment from the outside.
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Damage to the entrance to the 4-story brownstone.
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Damage to the apartment window.
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More damage to the shed entrance.
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Shed entrance and rear basement apartment window damage.
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Firefighter Kennedy's bunker coat.
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Firefighter Kennedy's bunker pants.
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Firefighter Kennedy's protective hood.
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Firefighter Kennedy's boots.
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Firefighter Kennedy's gloves.
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Firefighter Kennedy's helmet.
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Firefighter Kennedy's portable radio.
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Firefighter Kennedy's radio attachment.
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Firefighter Kennedy's breathing apparatus.
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Firefighter Kennedy's remote speaker microphone.
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Firefighter Kennedy's stand alone pass and flashlight.
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Firefighter Kennedy's bunker coat.
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Firefighter Kennedy's bunker coat.
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Firefighter Kennedy's bunker pants.
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Firefighter Kennedy's bunker pants.
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Lieutenant Walsh's station pants.
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Lieutenant Walsh's station pants.
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Lieutenant Walsh's boots.
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Lieutenant Walsh's gloves.
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Lieutenant Walsh's helmet.
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Lieutenant Walsh's flashlight.
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Lieutenant Walsh's portable radio.
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Lieutenant Walsh's remote speaker microphone.
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Lieutenant Walsh's breathing apparatus.
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Lieutenant Walsh's stand alone pass.
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One of the burnt hoses.
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Another hose.
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