Boston Officials Look at Fire Escape Inspections' Role in Back Bay Fire

It's been 10 years since the last inspection at the building where a nine-alarm fire broke out in March, killing two Boston firefighters.

Firefighters battle the deadly March 26 blaze. Credit: Boston Fire Department
Firefighters battle the deadly March 26 blaze. Credit: Boston Fire Department

Boston officials are questioning whether a lapse in fire escape inspections along Beacon Street in Boston may have contributed to a massive Back Bay fire in March that resulted in the death of two Boston firefighters. 

The last inspection of the fire escape at 296 Beacon St., the location of the nine-alarm fire that killed Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy in late March, was conducted in 2004, according to MyFoxBoston

Because the last inspection was done 10 years ago, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is looking at if the work that may have started this year's fire would have been necessary if a required inspection been done in 2009, according to the report. 

Earlier this week, the owner of the Malden welding company responded to a multi-million dollar lawsuit alleging his workers started the fire while doing work behind the neighboring brownstone, as the work is believed to have sparked the blaze. 

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malcolm nichols May 10, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Typical Massachusetts government. Create a law then ignore. Inspectional Services is too busy taking seminars on how to defer responsibility.


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