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By - 3/27/14 - 11:00 am

Boston and federal officials are opening investigations into the fatal 298 Beacon St. fire that could take months to complete.

"It's still too early to determine just what happened," BFD spokesman Steve MacDonald said this morning.

He said the department will convene a board of inquiry consisting of chiefs who did not respond to the fire to conduct an investigation. NIOSH, a federal... Read more

By - 3/27/14 - 9:56 am
Beacon Hill's Ladder 24 was the first to arrive at fatal fire

Judd Weiskopf was on Beacon Street when the first fire trucks arrived at 298 Beacon - including Ladder 24 from Cambridge Street - as well as Engine 33 and Ladder 15 from Boylston Street.

His series of photos, taken between 2:48 and 3:07 p.m., show the smoke intensifying rapidly - they would culminate in a wind-blown conflagration that claimed the lives of two firefighters.... Read more

By - 3/27/14 - 9:29 am
Boston firefighters on Beacon Street

Paul Weiskel photographed firefighters on Beacon Street yesterday.

This morning, firefighters draped black bunting on the Boylston Street firehouse.

By - 3/27/14 - 7:24 am
Sunset over the Charles River after fatal fire

Brian D'Amico was on scene at yesterday's fatal Beacon Street fire. As he took photos from the Storrow Drive side of the building, he turned to see this sunset.

Copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 3/26/14 - 8:33 pm
Kennedy (l) and Walsh. <a href="http://twitpic.com/dzh1o7">photos by BFD</a>.

Lt. Ed Walsh of Engine 33 and firefighter Michael Kennedy of Ladder 15 died this afternoon in the basement of a Beacon Street building they had rushed into to help save residents trapped on topped floors, fire officials said at a press conference tonight.

"It's a sad day for the city of Boston," Mayor Walsh said. "We lost 2 heroes here today."

Deputy Chief Joseph... Read more

By - 3/26/14 - 7:29 pm
Lowering flag at Engine 33

Mediacrity reports that around 7:20 p.m., firefighters from Cambridge Ladder 1 lowered the flag outside the Engine 33/Ladder 15 firehouse on Boylston Street to half staff.

By - 3/26/14 - 2:56 pm
Beacon Street fire.

Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: WBZ reports two of the firefighters have died.

298 Beacon St. Nine alarms. Firefighters from Engine 33 were trapped without water. Three taken out with injuries, one in critical condition.

Prosecutors from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are now on scene, standard procedure when a victim has life-threatening injuries.

At one point, commanders ordered all firefighters out of the four-story brownstone,... Read more

By - 3/25/14 - 8:50 am
After 35 years, Steve's Greek Cuisine on Newbury Street closes

Bettlebrox noticed the sign in the window of Steve's Greek Cuisine, 316 Newbury St. According to their Facebook page, the Newbury Street location shut forever on Sunday, although they still have a stand inside Quincy Market.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 3/23/14 - 10:31 am
Turnpike lanes in Boston

Brian D'Amico photographed the lane restrictions on the turnpike headed toward the Pru Tunnel yesterday.

MassDOT will be restricting lanes in the tunnel the weekends of March 28, April 4 and April 25 to allow for removal of an old and no longer needed noise-buffering ceiling in the tunnel.

Copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 6:48 pm
Empty Chacarero

The kidlet and I headed to the Pru today to check out the costumes on people attending Anime Boston. Naturally, we headed to the food court first, which was packed, except in front of Chacarero.

The costumes did not disappoint.

Wings
Bow

Sometimes, we had... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 10:04 am

Narrowing the Pru Tunnel down to one lane for ceiling removal is doing a major number on traffic on the turnpike today. At 9:20 a.m, Evan Allen tweeted:

Avoid the pike westbound out of Boston! It is not moving at all.

By - 3/21/14 - 12:50 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a person was found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft at 31 St. James Ave. shortly after 10 a.m.

WHDH reports the man tried to jump from a stuck elevator to the basement level, but missed and fell into the sub-basement.... Read more

By - 3/21/14 - 12:36 pm
Overturned truck on Prudential exit ramp.

Truck turns turtle. Photo by State Police.

Around noon, State Police reported:

Route 90 east,Cement truck has rolled over on Exit22 ramp.Damage to tunnel walls.Cement and diesel fuel leaking. Exit closed.

MassDOT reports no structural damage to the tunnel but that the exit will be closed indefinitely as crews remove the remains of the truck, fuel and cement.

MassDOT was planning on restricting traffic in the main tunnel to just one... Read more

By - 3/21/14 - 9:35 am
Anime Boston on the Green Line

Anime Boston has arrived at the Hynes. Matt Karolian, who took this photo, reports:

This guy's face sums up all my feels as a commuter this morning with Anime Boston in town.

By - 3/20/14 - 3:28 pm

Boston Metro reports Massport is starting a shuttle between Logan, Copley Square and the Hynes Convention Center. The shuttle, partly in reaction to the closing of the Government Center T stop, will be free to people with an MBTA pass, $5 for everybody else.

By - 3/19/14 - 12:42 pm
Big truck on Storrow Drive

Alex Jones captured the noontime scene on Storrow Drive outbound, notes that at least the driver was alert enough to avoid getting storrowed by an overpass.

By - 3/18/14 - 8:34 pm
Sunset on the Charles

JB Parrett walked along the Charles around 7 p.m.:

Nearly spring in Boston. Light at 7pm and a nearly ice-free Charles.

By - 3/13/14 - 9:32 am

Boston's Mobile Food Truck Committee (yes, of course the city has a Mobile Food Truck Committee) has approved a pilot project in which food trucks can keep serving food until midnight in designated areas in Copley Square and at Boston University East and Northeastern on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Mayor Walsh says that if the pilot proves successful, he'd want to look at expanding it... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 9:59 pm

Boston Police report arresting Tyler Butler, 20, of Brockton, for the double stabbing on Hereford Street last Friday.

Butler faces charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Naomi Charles of Dorchester was arrested yesterday.

Innocent, etc.... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 12:11 am

Boston Police report arresting Naomi Charles, 26, of Dorchester on a charge of assault with intent to murder for last week's double stabbing on Hereford Street.

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