Updated: 11:00 pm. According to a report on Boston.com, two firefighters have died while battling a nine-alarm blaze in a 4-story brick townhouse in the city's Back Bay section. The firefighters, ages 33 and 43, both worked out of the Engine 33, Ladder 15 firehouse, less than a mile from the scene of the blaze. According to Boston.com, 13 other firefighters were injured in the fire. Boston Fire Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn is quoted as saying the blaze was "like a blowtorch" and that it was incredibly fast-moving.
In 2012, the last year for which data is available, there were a total of 64 on-duty firefighter deaths in the United States. According to NFPA's report, "Firefighter Fatalities in the United States 2012", the annual total of firefighter deaths has been well below 100 for the past four years, dropping the annual average over the past 10 years to 88 deaths. In 2012, it was the second consecutive year that the total has been below 65 deaths.
Video: Dr. Rita Fahy provides an overview of NFPA's 2012 firefigher fatality report.