2 Boston firefighters died from smoke and burns

This combination made with undated photos released by the Boston Fire Department via Twitter shows firefighters Michael R. Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward J. Walsh, who were killed Wednesday, March 26, 2014, when trapped the basement while fighting a fire in an apartment building in Boston. Kennedy, 33, a Marine Corps combat veteran was assigned to Ladder 15, and had been a firefighter for more than six years. Walsh, 43, and a father of three, was assigned to Engine 33, and had been a firefighter for almost a decade. (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department)

BOSTON (AP) — The state medical examiner has found that the two Boston firefighters killed in a brownstone fire in March died from smoke inhalation and burn injuries.

Thirty-three-year-old Firefighter Michael Kennedy and 43-year-old Lt. Edward Walsh died after they were trapped in the basement of a burning apartment building in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

City investigators have determined that the wind-whipped fire started with welding sparks from work being done without a permit at the building next door. No charges have been filed. Federal safety investigators are looking into the deaths. The owner of the burned building has filed a civil lawsuit against a welding company.

Kennedy was a former Marine and avid volunteer for burn victims as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Walsh was married with three children under the age of 10.

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