Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze
BOSTON, MA - Boston residents are mourning the deaths of two firefighters who were killed when a fire driven by strong winds whipped through a brownstone and trapped them in the basement.
Tributes began pouring in Wednesday for Lt. Edward J. Walsh, a 43-year-old father of three who had almost a decade of experience, and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, a 33-year-old Marine Corps combat veteran who had been a firefighter for more than six years.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh says it was "a sad day" for the city.
Thirteen other firefighters were injured in the 9-alarm blaze in the city's Back Bay district, and several police officers also were taken to hospitals.
Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn says he's never seen a fire "travel that fast" and "escalate that quickly."