Fellow firefighters and regular citizens are paying their respects to two Boston firefighters who died fighting a brownstone blaze. A makeshift memorial of flowers, candles, condolence notes and even a green Red Sox baseball cap has sprung up outside the Boylston Street home station of Lt. Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy, who died in the Back Bay blaze Wednesday.

Passers-by on Thursday paused on their way to work, some adding to it. Earl Johnson, a firefighter in the Boston suburb of Somerville, placed flowers at the memorial Thursday morning before kneeling to pray.

Johnson called Walsh and Kennedy ``my brothers'' and said he prayed for their families. The U.S. flag outside the station has been placed at half-staff in honor of the fallen firefighters.