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Neighborhood still reeling over Back Bay fire tragedy

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BOSTON (WHDH) - A community is mourning the loss of two firefighters during a 9-alarm Back Bay fire and are still coming to terms with the tragedy.

You don't think about something like that until it happens. I mean, I heard about it. I saw smoke. I guess you know, cars came blazing down. Fire trucks. It was hectic,” said one resident.

Some who don't live in Back Bay came to pay their respects, a sign this tragedy hits the entire city.

“It is a reminder. Almost sort of like a year ago when the Boston Marathon thing happened. And it seems like we are not too far away from that happening. It makes me feel a little sad,” said David Murphy.

Lt. Ed Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy paid the ultimate sacrifice. But for these neighbors, it was not in vain.

They were courageous to go into the building. You know, just to see what they could do to help people. And you know, sorry for their loss,” Murphy said.

The neighborhood in the area of Beacon St. is still experiencing traffic. Earlier Thursday, the area was gridlocked. There are still many crews in the area for commuters to watch out for.
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