Deaths of Baltimore firefighters in blaze ruled homicides
(AP)—Baltimore police say the deaths of three firefighters who got trapped in a burning vacant home when it partially collapsed were determined to be homicides.
Investigators from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also classified the January fire as “incendiary” on Wednesday.
That means it was set or spread into an area where flames shouldn’t be and involves a violation of law, whether intentional or not.
A person of interest has been identified and authorities said additional tips from the public aren’t needed.
One firefighter was pronounced dead at the scene and two died at a hospital.
Another who was injured was released a few days later.
Today, Lt. Paul Butrim, FF Kelsey Sadler & FF Kenny Lacayo lost their lives in service to our city. FF John McMaster remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition. We will continue to pray for the family of those we lost. pic.twitter.com/cRGXp1YwNp— Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) January 25, 2022
BCFD members from across the City & Country came to pay their respects to our Fallen Firefighters. We will always remember Lt. Butrim, Lt. Sadler & FF/PM Lacayo for their courage & for making the ultimate sacrifice. #HonoringOurHeroes pic.twitter.com/EL567fTjCH— Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) February 2, 2022