Firefighters today honored their fallen brothers 40 years after they were killed in the deadliest fire for firemen in the history of the Boston Fire Department.


Forty years ago today a four-alarm fire broke out at the abandoned Vendome Hotel in the Back Bay.

Hundreds of firefighters responded to the hotel at Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street to try to put out the blaze.


A partial collapse of the building killed nine firemen - Lt. Thomas Carroll, Lt. John Hanbury, firefighter Thomas Beckwith, firefighter Joseph Boucher, firefighter Charles Dolan, firefighter John Jameson, firefighter Richard Magee, firefighter Paul Murphy and firefighter Joseph Saniuk.


At noon, members of the fire department and some of the relatives of the victims gathered at the memorial site in the Back Bay for a wreath-laying ceremony.