A story of true bravery. In a nine alarm fire in Boston Wednesday, 18 first responders were taken to the hospital and 2 were killed, having been trapped in the basement. The fire started in the basement of a four-story brownstone in Boston’s trendy Back Bay neighborhood. No civilians were hurt.
The fire departments Twitter account was tweeting live updates but stopped at one point for a while. They then came back saying, “There are reasons why we stopped posting to Twitter. Will be explained later.”
Officials say that it was Lt. Edward J. Walsh, a father to two younger boys and a girl, and Michael Kennedy, who was a U.S. Marine veteran, were the two firemen killed in the blaze. They were among some of the first to respond.
The two were trapped in the basement, and telling dispatchers that they were running out of water. A female dispatcher told an official, “They say they don’t have any water; it’s getting hot in there. … They’re in the basement heading toward the front of the building.”
Sam Wallace, president of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, told reporters that he saw people running away from the building and screaming in a panic.
Thirteen of the eighteen hospitalized were firefighters but there is no word on whether or not their injuries are serious.