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Malden Welding Company Linked to Deadly Back Bay Fire

A welder’s torch reportedly started the March 26 blaze, which killed two Boston firefighters.

The deadly fire at 298 Beacon St. Photo credit: Boston Fire Department
The deadly fire at 298 Beacon St. Photo credit: Boston Fire Department

A Malden welding company may be responsible for sparking the deadly March 26 fire in Boston’s Back Bay, according to a CBS Boston report.

Welders from D&J Ironworks in Malden were working next door at 296 Beacon St. without a permit or fire detail when the blaze ignited, according to the report.

Authorities believe sparks from the welding operation got under the building’s clapboard or shingles.

The nine-alarm fire at 298 Beacon St., a four-story brownstone, claimed the lives of Boston firefighters Ed Walsh and Michael Kennedy and injured about 20 more first responders.

Criminal charges are possible, officials have said.

Read CBS Boston’s full report >>

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