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Boston city councilors question fire officials on letter

A Boston City Council budget hearing Thursday was derailed by discussion of the brewing schism between Fire Chief Steve E. Abraira and 13 of his deputy chiefs, prompting council members to schedule a hearing to hash out the “serious allegations” brought by the deputies.

The deputies, who wrote a letter to the mayor alleging that Abraira is an unfit and incompetent leader who mismanaged response to the Marathon bombings, say the chief implemented unpopular administrative changes in order to allow himself to shirk responsibilities at fire scenes.

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