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Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze

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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."


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