Two firefighters dead, at least 16 people hospitalized as Boston Fire Department battles 9-alarm blaze

Two Boston firefighters died today while battling a wind-whipped nine-alarm blaze that raced through a rowhouse in the city’s fashionable Back Bay neighborhood, according to two people with direct knowledge of the case.

Firefighters responded at 2:43 the four-story brick rowhouse, where a fire was spreading upward from the basement, fanned by winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour.

Details of how the firefighters died weren’t immediately available. But some firefighters had been trapped in the burning building’s basement, officials said.

A total of 18 people were transported to the hospital, Boston Emergency Medical Services spokesman Nick Martin said. Martin said he had no information on their conditions or whether they were firefighters or civilians…