Lawsuit Filed In Deadly Back Bay Fire

A Boston realty company being sued for negligence in connection with a fatal fire that killed two city firefighters says it is aware of the lawsuit but has declined to comment further.

Oliver Realty is among the defendants in a lawsuit filed last week by the estate of Michael J. Callahan, which owns the brownstone at 298 Beacon Street, the site of last month's fire.

The Callahan estate alleges that welding work being conducted at neighboring 296 Beacon Street, which investigators say sparked the nine-alarm blaze at 298 Beacon Street, did not have a city permit, and there was no fire extinguisher or fire resistant shield on site.

According to the Boston Herald, Oliver Realty, which owns 296 Beacon Street, previously said it had contracted the work and understood the welding was to be done offsite.

D & J Iron Works, the welding company Oliver Realty contracted, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

WBUR's Deborah Becker spoke with attorney Doug Sheff, president of Massachusetts Bar Association and owner of a personal injury law firm, about the lawsuit: 


This article was originally published on April 22, 2014.