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At least 2 firefighters killed in Boston blaze

26 Mar

RIP brothers:

Boston Fire Dept.
@BostonFire 1m
Killed was Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy of Ladder Company 15 on Boylston St. 33yo, a 6 1/2 yr veteran. Also Veteran USMC

Boston Fire Dept. @BostonFire 4m
Killed was Lt. Edward J. Walsh,Jr. assigned to Engine Company 33 on Boylston Street. 43 yo, a 9 1/2 year veteran.


At least 2 firefighters killed in Boston blaze

By Kevin Conlon and Dana Ford, CNN
updated 7:55 PM EDT, Wed March 26, 2014
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9-alarm fire in Boston neighborhood

  • More than a dozen other people are hurt
  • “I watched it go from pretty small to really, really big,” eyewitness tells a CNN affiliate
  • Blaze began in the basement of a brick brownstone

Photos: Nine-alarm fire in BostonPhotos: Nine-alarm fire in Boston

(CNN) — A nine-alarm fire broke out Wednesday at a brick brownstone in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, killing at least two firefighters and injuring more than a dozen people, officials said.

The deaths were confirmed by a public safety source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The fire began in the basement and quickly climbed up the four-story building, the Boston Fire Department said on its Twitter page.

It posted images of the blaze, showing firefighters attending to someone on a stretcher.

The area is west of downtown Boston, near the Charles River. Video showed smoke rising over the city.

On its Twitter page, Boston Emergency Medical Services said that it had transported 18 patients to area hospitals from the Beacon Street blaze.

Three firefighters were injured, one seriously, Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald told reporters before news of the deaths. He said that more than 150 firefighters and between 20 and 30 trucks responded to the incident.

Fire officials were conducing a roll call to make sure everyone is accounted for, the spokesman said. The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

Mark Bristol, an eyewitness, told CNN affiliate WCVB, that he saw people climbing down the building’s fire escape. The affiliate reported that strong winds were fanning the flames, complicating efforts to put the fire out.

“I watched it go from pretty small to really, really big — like there was just smoke absolutely pouring out the front entrance,” Bristol said.

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Propane leak forces evacuation

20 Feb

By Charlie Kraebel,;,@Charlie_Kraebel on Twitter

POSTED: 02/07/14, 6:08 PM EST | UPDATED: 1 WEEK, 5 DAYS AGO

WILTON >> Homes and businesses within a half-mile radius of AmeriGas on Commerce Drive in Wilton were evacuated Friday evening after a 17,000 gallon propane tank sprung a leak.

Wilton Fire Chief Bill Morgan said no one was hurt or hospitalized as a result of the leak. He said the remaining gas was being transferred to nearby tanks at the site.

Morgan said crews were unable to repair the valve on the leaking tank, which was scheduled to be reconditioned. He said cold temperatures were helping with offloading efforts because it slowed the leak.

Morgan said officers from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department and state police were going door-to-door after Wilton town officials ordered an evacuation. State Department of Transportation guidelines state that residences and businesses within a half-mile radius of such a leak be evacuated, while others living within a one-mile radius of the event be notified.

Dimmick Road between Gurn Springs and Edie roads was shut down. An emergency shelter was set up at the Wilton Fire Station on Ballard Road.

Morgan said several fire departments and EMS services were called in to assist, primarily to provide adequate water in case of a fire. There are no fire hydrants near the scene of the leak, he said.

Morgan said AmeriGas has not had a history of having propane leaks at its Wilton location, and the facility hasn’t had any code violations.