Boston FD 9 Alarm Apartment Fire – Two Firefighters Killed

Five firefighters injured in nine-alarm fire in Back Bay:

By Evan Allen, John R. Ellement, Martin Finucane and Jacqueline Tempera | GLOBE STAFF AND GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MARCH 26, 2014
At least five firefighters have been injured in a nine-alarm fire at 298 Beacon St. in the Back Bay.

Firefighters responded at 2:43 p.m. to the building, a 4-story brick brownstone, where a fire extended upward from the basement.

Nick Martin, a Boston EMS spokesman, said two firefighters had been transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, while three others were being evaluated at the scene. It wasn’t clear whether other firefighters might also be injured.

A Globe reporter saw two people taken from the building on stretchers.

The fire produced a cloud of black smoke so dense the only visible item was the red flashing lights on the responding fire trucks.

On Beacon Street, firefighters threw at least least four ladders against the building, and clambered up them to direct streams of water into the brownstone. Firefighters could be seen walking on the roofs of nearby buildings. Shortly before 5 p.m., the crowd was pushed back farther.

In radio conversations earlier, firefighters could be heard asking for help getting more water on the building and being ordered out of the building. They quickly requested an increase in the number of firefighters sent to the scene.

The incident is playing out during today’s turbulent weather, which is generating strong winds, gusting up to 20 miles per hour.

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