BOSTON -- A Boston city councilor says two firefighters have died in a fire that ripped through a brownstone.
The fire started Wednesday afternoon in the four-story building in the densely populated Back Bay neighborhood. Smoke and flames fanned by strong winds poured from the roof and windows for hours.
Councilor Josh Zakim represents the area and confirms the firefighters' deaths.
Major thoroughfare Storrow Drive was shut down for a time, and people were asked to stay out of the area. Boston EMS says at least 18 people were taken to hospitals.
There are no reports of brownstone residents missing, and it appears everyone who was inside escaped.
An assistant district attorney is headed to the scene, standard procedure in cases in which there are serious or potentially life-threatening injuries or deaths.
There's no immediate word on the cause of the fire.