Boston Fire Department is reporting that the fire is still burning and they will be working into the night to put it out. The number of units inside the building was unknown. They are also reporting that the roof on the building has collapsed.
Press conference has just concluded.
Deputy fire chief speaking to the press: “I’ve worked 30 years and never seen a fire escalate this fast”
The two deceased firefighters were Lieutenant Ed Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy.
Mayor Walsh confirms that two firefighters died because of the fire: “My heart goes out to the two firefighters that lost their lives today.”
We are waiting for Mayor Walsh to speak to the press regarding today’s tragic fire.
Traffic update: Storrow Drive westbound is now open from Leverett Circle.
Traffic update via Massachusetts State Police: Storrow Drive westbound is now open, eastbound remains shut down. If you are driving through this area, you are being asked to seek alternate routes to get where you are going.
Storror Drive is closed heading eastbound.
Boston Public Health Commission is telling Back Bay residents who have been displaced by the fire they can head to the Copley Library Boston Room for services and support.
Multiple sources have told WEBN Boston that two firefighters have died.
Boston Fire Department just tweeted: “There are reasons why we stopped posting to Twitter. Will be explained later.”
Boston Fire Department also tweeted that media availability will not come until at least 8pm tonight, if not later.
Continue to stay with us for updates and follow @WEBNBoston on Twitter.
A source told WEBN Boston that two firefighters have died as a result of this fire. The same source also told us that one person is unaccounted for.
Storrow Drive eastbound (inbound) about to be closed.
Boston EMS is reporting that 18 people have now been transported to area hospitals.
Massachusetts State Police are saying that Storror Drive inbound in Boston is open with right lane closure from Mass Ave to where the fire is.
Boston EMS has sent 11 to the hospital and is requesting staging for six more, per BEMSincidents on Twitter.
City of Boston is tweeting that Beacon Street is closed from the intersection of Arlington Street past the intersection of Fairfield. Beacon Street at Mass Ave is currently still open.
Storrow Drive westbound is closed starting at Leverett Circle.
Firefighters are responding to a 9 alarm fire at 298 Beacon Street in Boston. All crews have been asked to stay off of roofs and all units have been ordered out of the impacted building, per Boston Fire Department.
Boston EMS is reporting that 8 have been transported with unknown injuries.
Storrow Drive is closed eastbound from Mass Ave to Charles Circle.