Parts of Beacon St. back open after 9-alarm fire

Parts of Beacon Street opened to traffic Friday morning.
Parts of Beacon Street opened to traffic Friday morning.
Joanne Rathe / Globe Staff

Parts of Beacon Street were re-opened to traffic this morning after a 9-alarm Back Bay blaze that killed two firemen forced it closed Wednesday, according to The Boston Globe.

Beacon Street had been closed between Arlington Street and Fairfield Street as a result of the fire, which killed Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy.

Authorities are investigating an “extraordinary event” in the building’s basement in attempts to determine the cause of the blaze. Investigators are considering potential furnace problems in the building, WCVB reports.

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Forty people attended a candlelight vigil in East Boston Thursday to honor Walsh and Kennedy. The Boston Fire Department announced that funeral arrangements were being finalized, adding that two separate services would be held back-to-back.

At 1:15 p.m. today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh raised the flag at the Boston Fire Department on City Hall Plaza and observed a moment of silence. Boston Firefighters Local 718 will hold a press conference at 2:15 p.m. to discuss a memorial fund honoring Kennedy and Lt. Walsh. Mayor Walsh is also expected to be in attendance.