Relatives of the two Boston firefighters who lost their lives fighting a Back Bay blaze in 2014 will testify on Beacon Hill Wednesday as officials consider toughening state law with the hopes of avoiding such a tragedy in the future.
Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael Kennedy died on March 26, 2014 in a nine-alarm fire that spread quickly through the Beacon Street building, fueled by strong winds.
The fire was ignited by sparks from welders working on an iron handrail at the building next door to the fatal fire, authorities found.
Now, relatives of Walsh and Kennedy will testify as a commission studies the regulation of cutting and welding and other “hot work” in the state.
The commission includes Beacon Hill lawmakers, fire officials, a labor union officials, and a private project manager.
The commission is considering recommendations that would ensure codes are updated in state statutes and mandate more training for tradesmen, said state Senator Nick Collins, a South Boston Democrat who serves on the commission. The commission is also considering recommendations that would strengthen criminal law around negligence, and increasing fines and fees, said Collins.
“The fines are so low,” he said. “It’s like a parking ticket.”
The deadline for the committee to submit its findings to the chairs of the House and Senate committees on public safety and ways and means is Aug. 15, said Collins.Maria Cramer of Globe Staff contributed to his report. Danny McDonald can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.