298 Beacon

By - 3/10/16 - 8:51 am
Burned hose at 298 Beacon St. in the Back Bay

Where the hose burned through. From the BFD report.

Federal and local officials today released reports on the 2014 fire that killed two firefighters trapped in the basement with a hose that had been burned through, leaving them with no water. Read more.

By - 4/21/15 - 11:31 am

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley says the contractors who sparked a fire that claimed the lives of Lt. Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy were truly careless, but they weren't reckless, the standard for bringing criminal charges against them.

By - 1/22/15 - 10:12 am

Parkway in Motion has set up a scholarship in honor of Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy, who died last year along with Lt. Ed Walsh while battling a 9-alarm fire in the Back Bay.

Kennedy, a Roslindale native, was an active member of the group.

The $5,000 scholarship will go to a Roslindale or West Roxbury student in grades 6-8, who goes to a school that charges tuition. Applicants have to submit:

By - 9/19/14 - 11:13 am

WCVB reports OSHA has cited D & J Ironworks for not taking even rudimentary precautions while welding on a windy March day behind one Beacon Street building, which led to a fire in the neighboring building that trapped and killed Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy.

By - 4/23/14 - 9:42 am

WBUR reports the owner of 298 Beacon St. is suing the welders who allegedly started the fire that killed two Boston firefighters and the owner of 296 Beacon, where they were working.

By - 4/7/14 - 7:32 am
Prudential building lit up for fallen firefighters

Last night, Brian D'Amico captured the Prudential tower lit up in Boston Fire Department colors in honor of Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

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

By - 4/4/14 - 11:07 pm

Not long after fire and law-enforcement officials finished a press conference in which they blamed welding sparks for the fatal Beacon Street fire but declined to say much about the welders themselves, Michele McPhee, currently at ABC News, reported:

Sources said that the investigators believe the welders were aware of the fire and did not call 911 or alert anyone occupying the building about the blaze.

By - 4/4/14 - 11:02 am

Fire and law-enforcement officials said today that the fire at 298 Beacon St. that killed two firefighters was likely caused by welders installing an iron hand rail in the rear of the neighboring 296 Beacon.

"We do not believe the fire was intentionally set," Boston Fire Commissioner John Hasson said at a press conference today with Police Commissioner William Evans and Ed Zabin, who heads the Suffolk County District Attorney's homicide division.

By - 4/3/14 - 12:02 pm
Holy Name rotary in West Roxbury

LM photographed the scene at the Holy Name rotary in West Roxbury as firefighters saluted Mike Kennedy, for whom a mass was held at Holy Name Church.

By - 4/2/14 - 9:26 am
Watertown street crowded with firefighters

Paul Weiskel shows us Main Street in Watertown, lined with thousands of firefighters showing their respects for Boston Lt. Ed Walsh, who died in the 298 Beacon St. fire.

There will be similar scenes today in West Roxbury, where Firefighter Mike Kennedy will be waked, 2:30 to 8 p.m. at the P.E. Murray Funeral Home on Centre Street, and tomorrow, when his funeral mass is held at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church at Centre and West Roxbury Parkway.

By - 4/2/14 - 8:54 am

Kevin Cullen reports on Kristen Walsh's one request to firefighters after learning her husband Ed had died in the 298 Beacon St. fire.

By - 4/1/14 - 7:31 am

Watertown Police have posted details of road closings in and around Watertown Square to allow for the wake and funeral for Lt. Edward Walsh, who died in the 298 Beacon St. fire last week.

By - 3/30/14 - 7:24 pm
Flowers on Boylston Street

Brian D'Amico paused outside the Engine 33/Ladder 15 fire house on Boylston Street today.

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

By - 3/29/14 - 5:47 pm

Veteran Boston photojournalist Stanley Forman was on the way home from a workday that had started at 3:30 a.m. when he heard a call for somebody trapped on a fourth-floor balcony. He recounts what happened next - including listening to what he said was the worst fire radio call he'd ever heard.

By - 3/29/14 - 1:00 pm

Cone Communications has set up a new fundraising effort to support the Walsh Kennedy Memorial Fund:

33 to 33 is a call-to-action to honor the memory of Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy's service with Engine 33 through a simple act of giving in cooperation with the Boston Firefighter’s Union.

Bostonians and others can donate $33 to the Walsh Kennedy Memorial Fund, established by the Boston Firefighter’s Union to benefit the families of both fallen heroes.

They answered the call. Now it’s our time to respond. 33 to 33.

By - 3/28/14 - 11:32 pm
Procession for Lt. Ed Walsh

Salutes as Lt. Ed Walsh's body is transported from medical examiner to Watertown funeral home. Photo by Brian D'Amico.

Visiting hours for Lt. Ed Walsh are Tuesday, 3 to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 212 Main St., Watertown. A funeral Mass at the church will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Visiting hours for Firefighter Mike Kennedy are Wednesday, 2:30 to 8 p.m. at the P.E. Murray Funeral Home, 2000 Centre St., West Roxbury. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 1689 Centre St., West Roxbury.

Photo copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/28/14 - 1:37 pm
Firefighters of Engine 33 and Ladder 15 at City Hall service

Jonmicol photographed the face of bravery at a City Hall ceremony this afternoon at which the flag of the Boston Fire Department was raised and a moment of silence observed for Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

Paul Weiskel photographed a woman with a simple message:

Thank you
By - 3/28/14 - 9:45 am
Procession to funeral home of firefighters

Police and firefighters lined the roads from Albany Street in the South End to Centre Street in West Roxbury yesterday evening as Firefighter Michael Kennedy's body was transported from the medical examiner's office to the P.E. Murray Funeral Home.

In Jamaica Plain, meanwhile, residents had an informal memorial at the Monument, where they left a board and pens for people to say farewell.

By - 3/27/14 - 10:26 pm

Berklee College of Music Students Sing to Honor Fallen Boston Firefighters - 3/27/14

Brian D'Amico watched Berklee students remember the two fallen firefighters today at the Boylston Street firehouse.