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Latest tragedy casts pall over Back Bay

Firefighters placed black bunting on the Boylston Street fire station where Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy were based.
Firefighters placed black bunting on the Boylston Street fire station where Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy were based.Steven Senne/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Thursday was not business as usual in the Back Bay. There was a pall over the neighborhood that lost two firefighters in a blaze that gutted a four-story brownstone and choked the streets in thick black smoke, the smell of which still lingered in the air.

This, 11-months after alleged terrorists detonated twin bombs mere feet from the fire house door during the Boston Marathon. This, two years after an electrical transformer exploded, plunging the neighborhood into darkness, in some homes for days. And while residents said they are not shaking their fists at the sky – this is Boston after all – they did say enough all ready.

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