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Four firefighters treated for smoke inhalation

Dozens of people driven out from apartments

17 people taken to local hospitals for treatment

BOSTON — At least 17 people, including several firefighters, were taken to local hospitals Wednesday after a nine-alarm fire broke out in a Boston brownstone on Beacon Street.

Witness describes large Boston fire

The fire broke out in the basement of 298 Beacon St. at about 2:45 p.m. and quickly grew to a nine-alarm blaze.  A firefighter in the basement made a mayday call.

“The fire rapidly advanced throughout the floors,” said Boston Fire’s Steve MacDonald.  “It is still raging from the inside.”

High winds were fanning the flames, hampering the crews’ efforts to knock it down. MacDonald said there were more than 150 firefighters at the scene.

“Right now, we are trying to keep it from spreading and make sure we have everyone,” MacDonald said.

Images from scene

“All of sudden, the smoke got black and pushed out in the street and I heard a big explosion noise,” witness Kayla said.

Boston EMS said 17 people were taken to area hospitals.  WCVB’s John Atwater reported seeing a firefighter being taken from the rear of the building on a stretcher.  He said EMS crews were yelling for an ambulance and pumping his chest. EMS tweeted a few minutes later that one firefighter was in cardiac arrest.

One firefighter was alert when he was taken from the scene on a stretcher. Another firefighter was also hurt.

According to Boston EMS, two people were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, two were taken to Tufts Medical Center, seven went to Beth Israel and six were brought to Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Their conditions were not immediately known.

Witness Mark Bristol, who was walking past the building just as the fire broke out, said he saw residents escaping the brownstone using the fire escapes.

Officials said all the residents of the four-story building’s eight apartment units are accounted for.

Only one lane of Storrow Drive eastbound was open in the area of the fire as of 5:30 p.m.  Westbound lanes were open.

The building is located on Beacon Street between Fairfield and Exeter streets.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A ninth alarm is the highest alarm that can be struck in Boston.

NewsCenter 5 and will have more details as they are available.