Two Boston firefighters were killed and two others critically injured after being trapped in a disorienting cloud of dust and smoke when an enormous rooftop air condition unit fell into a burning restaurant in West Roxbury last night.

Two minutes after the fire broke out in the Tai Po Chinese restaurant on Centre Street at 9:04 p.m, firefighters raced a hose into the building and began dousing flames only to be buried when the three-ton air conditioning unit fell in on them from the roof, said BFD Chief of Department Kevin Maccurtain.

Killed were Paul Cahill, 55, of Scituate, and Warren Payne, 53, of Canton, who served on Engine 30, Ladder 25, the first unit to respond to the Wednesday evening fire, said Fire Department spokesman Scott Salman.

(Source: The Boston Herald)

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