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    Boston -Firefighter killed when truck crashes into building

    From the Metro staff at The Boston Globe

    Firefighter killed when truck crashes into building
    January 9, 2009 03:58 PM

    One firefighter was killed and one received life-threatening injuries when a Boston Fire Department ladder truck crashed into a building today on Huntington Avenue in the city's Mission Hill neighborhood, law enforcement officials said.

    The truck barreled into the building at 835 Huntington Ave. at about 2:32 p.m. One firefighter had been taken to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and one had been taken to the Brigham and Womens Medical Center.

    The truck, Ladder 26, could be seen resting half-in and half-out of the lobby of building at the Mission Park complex at the corner of Parker Hill and Huntington Avenue. Ladder 26 operates with Engine 37 out of a firehouse two blocks away at 560 Huntington Avenue.

    Residents were alarmed by a sudden crashing noise. “All we heard is ‘Bam! Bam!’ and that was it -- it wasn’t even that loud, it was so quick,” said Donna, a certified nursing assistant who cares for an elderly resident in a nearby building and declined to give her last name. “It was terrible because the truck went through the wall and I think it hit the building.”

    From her apartment on the 13th floor, Julia Gorin, 69, said she heard a noise "like a blast" and felt the entire high rise vibrate.

    In the building next door on Huntington Avenue, Sophia Nikolayerskaya thought it was "an explosion."

    "Terrible," Nikolayerskaya said, shaking her head.

    The truck apparently came down Parker Hill Road across four lanes of Huntington Avenue and through the front gate of the complex. A smashed car could also be seen pushed to the side of the gate in aerial footage broadcast by local TV stations.

    Ladder 26 was manufactured by a company called E-One. The model year is 1995 and it's a 110-foot truck with a four-door cab. The truck, which was bought new, had received its annual inspection already this year.

    It is one of 23 ladder trucks in the city's fleet and one of eight that are 13 years or more old.

    Boston Police were on the scene trying to determine the cause of the accident. Fire officials on the scene cautioned against speculation about the cause of the crash, but truck maintenance has been an issue during ongoing contract talks between the firefighters' union and the city, as has random drug and alcohol testing of firefighters.

    The Mission Park complex includes three mid-rise buildings and one high-rise apartment tower as well as 147 town houses along a system of interior streets.

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    LODD Boston Lt. Kevin M. Kelley

    Funeral Arrangements

    Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 13 at Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy, MA.

    Funeral services will be held the following day at 10 a.m. at St Annes Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA.

    Photo Courtesy of Boston Fire Department

    Boston Lt. Kevin M. Kelley

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