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Two Firefighters Killed In Nine-Alarm Blaze In Boston

The fire, which injured almost 20 people, has been declared a crime scene by Boston police.

Last updated on March 26, 2014, at 5:22 p.m. ET

Posted on March 26, 2014, at 5:22 p.m. ET

Update — March 26, 10 p.m. ET: Two firefighters were killed in the blaze, confirmed Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

The two men killed were both from unit Engine 33 and were identified as Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, and firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33.

"Today's a sad day for the city of Boston," Walsh said. "We lost two heroes ... these two heroes ran into a burning building and got people out of the burning building."

The governor also tweeted his condolences:

My heart and my condolences go out to the families of the firefighters lost in the line of duty today...(1/3)

Deval Patrick@MassGovernor

My heart and my condolences go out to the families of the firefighters lost in the line of duty today...(1/3)

08:22 PM - 26 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

as well as to the entire Boston Fire Department. This terrible tragedy reinforces how we must be grateful every single day...(2/3)

Deval Patrick@MassGovernor

as well as to the entire Boston Fire Department. This terrible tragedy reinforces how we must be grateful every single day...(2/3)

02:25 PM - 26 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

for the brave men and women who put themselves in danger day in and day out to keep us safe. (3/3)

Deval Patrick@MassGovernor

for the brave men and women who put themselves in danger day in and day out to keep us safe. (3/3)

02:26 PM - 26 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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At least 16 other people have been injured in a nine-alarm fire in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.

Among the injured were 13 firefighters in addition to the two men who have already died from the blaze at the 298 Beacon St. brownstone.

Firefighters were seen earlier with a fellow firefighter pulled from the building and placed on a stretcher.Three firefighters were transported to local hospitals, one in serious condition and two with non-life-threatening injuries, Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald said earlier Wednesday.
AP Photo/Scott Eisen

Firefighters were seen earlier with a fellow firefighter pulled from the building and placed on a stretcher.

Three firefighters were transported to local hospitals, one in serious condition and two with non-life-threatening injuries, Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald said earlier Wednesday.

A law enforcement official told the Boston Globe that firefighters battling the blaze briefly found themselves trapped in the basement.

After being trapped, the two firefighters were killed by an explosion created from a strong gust of wind.
AP Photo/Boston Fire Department

After being trapped, the two firefighters were killed by an explosion created from a strong gust of wind.

Lt. Edward J. Walsh was from West Roxbury and a father of three. Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy was from Hyde Park and was a Marine veteran.

Fallen @BostonFire heroes Ed Walsh and Michael Kennedy #wcvb

Scott Isaacs@ScottIsaacs

Fallen @BostonFire heroes Ed Walsh and Michael Kennedy #wcvb

02:45 PM - 26 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Lt. Walsh comes from a family of firefighters.

Lt. Walsh's late father was a Lieutenant as was his late Uncle Bill. His cousin Tom is currently a Captain, all on Watertown Fire

Boston Fire Dept.@BostonFire

Lt. Walsh's late father was a Lieutenant as was his late Uncle Bill. His cousin Tom is currently a Captain, all on Watertown Fire

03:18 PM - 26 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Multiple outlets reported that Boston police declared the fire a crime scene.

Police said the building, located on one of the most desirable blocks in the city steps from the Charles River, is a four-story brownstone, and added that the fire extended up through the building from the basement.

A view of the building from Google Maps.
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A view of the building from Google Maps.

Watch footage from the fire:

View this video on YouTube

Check back for updates.

Correction: The governor of Massachusetts is Deval Patrick. An earlier version of this story misstated his role.

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