High winds ranging between 35 and 45 mph pushed through the city of Boston late Wednesday afternoon as a structure fire raged along Beacon Street in the Back Bay.
Two firefighters have died after a fire broke out in a four-story building located at 298 Beacon St., according to the Boston Globe.
"Today's a sad day in the history of the Boston Fire Department," Fire Commissioner John Hasson said, according to the report. "Our hearts go out to the families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them."
More than a dozen others have been reported to have sustained injuries during the blaze and were taken to the hospital, Boston Globe reported.
"At least three firefighters have been injured, one seriously," according to the Associated Press. "Fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald says a roll call is being done to make sure all firefighters are accounted for."
AccuWeather Senior Meteorlogist Alex Sosnowski said that there were high winds ranging from 35 to 45 mph at the time of the nine-alarm blaze in the brownstone structure. The strong winds remained into Wednesday night.
Firefighters fight a multi-alarm fire at a four-story brownstone in the Back Bay neighborhood near the Charles River, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Boston. Boston EMS spokesman Nick Martin says four people, including at least three firefighters, have been taken to hospitals. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
According to the Boston Globe, smoke was thick through the area Wednesday afternoon, with heavy plumes of smoke filling the Back Bay.
Response at 2:43 pm to 298 Beacon St in the Back Bay. It is a 4 story brick brownstone. Fire in basement extended up— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) March 26, 2014
Firefighters and emergency medical personnel rush a firefighter from the scene of a multi-alarm fire at a four-story brownstone in the Back Bay neighborhood near the Charles River, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Boston. Boston EMS spokesman Nick Martin says four people, including at least three firefighters, have been taken to hospitals. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
Beacon St closed from intersection of Arlington St past int of Fairfield. At this time, Beacon at Mass Ave remains open. #backbayfire— City of Boston (@NotifyBoston) March 26, 2014
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