BOSTON —Two Boston firefighters were killed Wednesday when a massive nine-alarm fire ripped through a Beacon Street brownstone, sources tell NewsCenter 5.
At least 18 others, including several firefighters, were taken to local hospitals after the blaze.
The fire broke out in the basement of 298 Beacon St. at about 2:45 p.m. and quickly grew to a nine-alarm blaze. A firefighter in the basement made a mayday call.
“The fire rapidly advanced throughout the floors,” said Boston Fire’s Steve MacDonald. “It is still raging from the inside.”
High winds were fanning the flames, hampering the crews’ efforts to knock it down. MacDonald said there were more than 150 firefighters at the scene.
“Right now, we are trying to keep it from spreading and make sure we have everyone,” MacDonald said.
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The Boston Police Patrolman’s Association tweeted condolences to the Boston Fire Department early Wednesday evening.