BOSTON (CBS/AP) – There’s no official word yet on what caused the fire that killed two Boston firefighters Wednesday, but an official said it was an “extraordinary event” in the basement of the brownstone.
Lt. Edward J. Walsh, a 43-year-old father of three who had almost a decade of experience, and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, a 33-year-old Marine Corps combat veteran who had been a firefighter for more than six years, both died in the fire on Beacon Street.
Steve MacDonald, a Boston Fire Department spokesman, told reporters Thursday “nothing has been ruled in or out” and investigators are focusing on the building’s basement and “some kind of extraordinary event” that happened there.
“Something happened to have them call a ‘mayday’ and the end result was we had two firefighters killed,” MacDonald said.
WBZ-TV has learned the fire may have started at a heating unit on that level.
MacDonald said the fire was fueled by high winds coming off the Charles River at speeds that are “more than we’re used to.” In fact, MacDonald said the wind was so strong it blew his helmet off.
There was no sprinkler system in the brownstone, but it was not required to have them based on the building’s age and type.
Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are also working on the investigation.
MacDonald said a board of injury made up of chiefs that did not work the fire will conduct their own probe and that report would take “several months.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports