One firefighter was killed and four others were hurt when a fire truck crashed into an apartment building in Boston Friday afternoon, Boston police officials said.
The Ladder 26 truck slammed into Roxbury Tenants of Harvard building at 835 Huntington Ave. near Parker Hill Ave. around 2:30 p.m.
WBZ has learned the firefighter killed in the wreck is 52-year-old Lt. Kevin Kelley. The 30-year Boston fire veteran was sitting in the front seat and was trapped inside the truck for a time. He died at the scene.
His body was pulled from the wreckage and put into an ambulance just before 4:30 p.m., as his fellow firefighters stood in a solemn line, holding their helmets to their hearts.
Kelley was one of the firefighers in the 2005 Discovery Channel’s program “Firehouse USA-Boston.” The show featured Ladder 26.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino met with Lt. Kelley’s family after the crash and offered them his condolences and to Kelley’s fellow firefighters.
“This is a sad day for the firefighters,” he said. “They answered the call, they were going back to the house. An accident like this, we can’t answer why or how come.”
Kelley leaves behind three adult daughters and a wife.
Boston fire officials say the fire truck was returning from an emergency call on Parker Hill Ave placed at 2:03 p.m. It left the scene at 2:30 p.m., and minutes later it slammed into two parked vehicles before going through the brick wall in front of the apartment building. Officials said there were no occupants inside the cars involved.
A Boston fire spokesman said the three other firefighters aboard the truck were hurt along with a fourth who broke his ankle helping at the scene. One of the firefighters on the truck broke his leg. Three were released from Beth Israel Hospital Friday night. A fourth is in serious condition with unknown injuries at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.