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Investigators looking at furnace as possible cause of deadly Boston fire

boston fire The furnace of the Back Bay apartment building that went up in flames on Wednesday is under investigation. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki, Metro

Officials are looking into the possibility that the deadly Boston fire that claimed the lives of two firefighters was caused by a problem with the building's furnace.

The Boston Herald is reporting that the furnace of the building is under investigation. Investigators are also looking into additional causes of the Back Bay fire, including smokers in the building or a faulty electrical system.

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Representatives from the firefighters' union told the Herald that the blaze possibly burned through a fire hose Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were carrying when they entered the building.

“That’s one of the potential situations we’re looking at,” Edward A. Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, told the Herald. “It happens. You just think you’ve lost water, so you ask for more water.”

The building at 298 Beacon St. is owned by the estate of Michael J. Callahan. According to court records, the property managers paid $984 late last year to upgrade the fire alarm system in the building, the article continues. The estate spent $171,000 on the building last year while generating $370,909 in gross income from the property.

The only recent code violation at the Beacon Street apartment building was in 2012 for improper trash stage, MassLive.com reports.

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