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Huge fire in Boston; 2 firefighters dead

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Firefighter Mike Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh (Boston Fire Dept. photos) Firefighter Mike Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh (Boston Fire Dept. photos)
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Firefighters are battling a 9-alarm fire at a brownstone on Beacon Street in Boston on Wednesday. More than a dozen people have been taken to the hospital, MyFoxBoston.com reported.

Two firefighters have died, according to a local councilman.

"On this tragic day, our thoughts and prayers are with the brave men and women who fought this fire," City Councilor Josh Zakim said.

The fallen firefighters were identified as Lt. Edward Walsh Jr., 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, according to the Boston fire commissioner. Walsh had been with the Boston FD for more than nine years and Kennedy, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was with the department for more than six.

The Boston Police Patrolman's Association tweeted condolences to the Boston Fire Department early Wednesday evening: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Brothers in the Boston Fire Department," the tweet read. "Words cannot express our sorrow for the loss of these heroes!"

MyFoxBoston/FOX 25 is awaiting official confirmation from authorities on the number of fatalities caused by the fire.

Firefighters responded to 298 Beacon St. at 2:43 p.m. and struck a ninth alarm on the fire, which is the highest number of alarms the system reaches.

The fire department has not released any word on the cause.

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