The two firefighters who were killed in a deadly blaze in Back Bay in March died from smoke inhalation and burns, the state’s chief medical examiner has ruled.
The deaths were accidents, according to Chief Medical Examiner Henry M. Nields, who determined how firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33, and Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr., 43, died.
Steve MacDonald, spokesman for the Boston Fire Department, was not surprised by the medical examiner’s findings. Walsh and Kennedy died March 26 after being trapped in the basement of 298 Beacon St. during a nine-alarm fire.
“We know that both firefighters died heroically,’’ MacDonald said. “They gave people a chance to escape, and they died doing their job.”
Richard Paris, president of the firefighters union, said he had not seen the report, but added that both Kennedy and Walsh were exemplary members of the force who risked their lives that day in March.
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