Captain recalls frantic effort to save trapped firefighters ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Two Boston firefighters died while battling a wind-whipped blaze that tore through a Back Bay apartment building. Bill Brett for the Boston Globe A firefighter held onto a ladder as flames erupted from a third-floor window. Jim Davis/globe staff An injured firefighter was moved to an ambulance. Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe Smoke was thick at the scene. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff A police officer held up caution tape as a man and woman holding a baby ran away from the fire at 298 Beacon St. Wednesday. Boston Fire Department The fire was reported to have begun in the basement before moving up. Boston Fire Department Smoke rose over the burning building. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff An injured firefighter received assistance. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Firefighters remained on the scene Wednesday night. bill brett/globe staff Onlookers watched at the scene. Jim Davis/globe staff Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Finn spoke near the scene. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff The aftermath of the scene of a nine-alarm blaze. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Ladders rested against windows covered in ice at the scene of Wednesday's nine-alarm fire on Beacon Street in the Back Bay. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff The top floor could be seen through the collapsed roof. Barry Chin/Globe Staff A moment of silence was held at TD Garden before the Celtics game. Boston Fire Department Lieutenant Edward Walsh (left) and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in the blaze. Jim Davis/globe staff Firefighters escorted the body of a fallen colleague from Boston Medical Center to the Medical Examiner's Office nearby Wednesday night.