New report cites “lack of fire sprinklers” as contributing factor of residential fire killing two Boston firefighters

By Fred Durso, Jr. A report released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states a lack of fire sprinklers contributed to a high-profile residential fire in Boston that killed Lieutenant Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, while injuring 13 others nearly two years ago. Welders installing railings on a nearby building caused the blaze in Boston’s picturesque Back Bay neighborhood. The welding company did not have the necessary permits for this job. According to the report, conditions inside the building quickly became untenable, trapping Walsh and Kennedy in the basement. Firefighters found Kennedy and immediately removed him….

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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