The 9-alarm blaze that ripped through a four-story brownstone building at 298 Beacon Street in the Back Bay Wednesday, killing two Boston firefighters, Lieutenant Edward Walsh Jr. and Michael Kennedy, forced crews to remain at the scene throughout the night, battling stiff winds and frigid temperatures.

[For complete coverage of Wednesday’s fire, head here.]

Now gutted, 298 Beacon St. held eight apartment buildings. According to the property manager, all residents of the building are been accounted for.

Yesterday’s blaze was first called in around 2:45 p.m. Winds gusting upwards of 45 mph flooded the flames with oxygen, causing the blaze to spread rapidly from the basement to the roof, confirmed Deputy Fire Chief Joe Finn at a news conference Wednesday night. High winds pushed clouds of gray smoke across the neighborhood over the course of a few hours.

Firefighters seemed to have calmed the blaze early Wednesday evening, until flames reignited inside the unit.

More than seven hours after the fire was believed to have started, firefighters were still dowsing the upper levels of the structure with water.

The Boston Fire Department Twitter handle posted updates throughout the night, with pictures included. The last tweet was posted at 11:40 p.m. …




Mayor Marty Walsh spoke to the media Wednesday. “It unfortunately takes a tragedy for us to appreciate the work that the men and women of the Boston Fire Department do,” he said.