BOSTON (CBS) – Funeral plans for the two Boston firefighters killed in the line of duty this week were announced Friday, officials said.

Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, and firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, both died in the fire at a Beacon Street brownstone Wednesday.

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The Boston Fire Department tweeted Friday morning that funeral arrangements were being finalized with the families and that there will be “separate services on back to back days mid-week.”

According to Stanton Funeral Home, visiting hours for Lt. Walsh will be Tuesday, April 1 from 3-8 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Church at 212 Main St. Watertown. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church.

The wake for Firefighter Kennedy is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, April 2, from 2:30-8 p.m. at the P.E. Murray Funeral Home at 2000 Centre Street, in West Roxbury. Kennedy’s funeral will be held on Thursday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at Church of the Holy Name at 1689 Centre Street in West Roxbury.

There’s no official word yet on a cause of the fire.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Steve MacDonald, a Boston Fire Department spokesman, said there was an “extraordinary event” in the basement. WBZ-TV has learned the fire may have started at a heating unit on that level.

The city's building inspector believes the Beacon Street brownstone can be saved. (WBZ-TV)

The city’s building inspector believes the Beacon Street brownstone can be saved. (WBZ-TV)

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Boston’s building inspector, David Johnson, visited the scene Friday.  He believes the brownstone can be saved.

“We’re going to plan on doing some shoring and button up the roof,” Johnson told WBZ-TV.

Watch: WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports on the procession carrying Lt. Edward Walsh’s body to a Watertown funeral home

A fund has been set up to help the firefighters’ families.

Donations may be made at the Boston Firefighter’s Credit Union website,, or by mailing checks to the fund care of the Boston Firefighter’s Credit Union, 60 Hallet St., Boston MA 02124.


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