3 firefighters killed, 1 in critical condition after collapse during vacant house fire
Three firefighters were killed and one is in critical condition after a burning rowhouse collapsed and trapped them inside early Monday morning.
Officials identified the firefighters who died as Lt. Paul Butrim, firefighter/paramedic Kelsey Sadler and firefighter/paramedic Kenneth Lacayo.
EMT/firefighter John McMaster remained at the hospital in critical but stable condition, officials said
The Officers & Members of @BCFDL734 & @officers964 regretfully announce the line of duty deaths of:— Baltimore Firefighters IAFF Local 734 (@BCFDL734) January 24, 2022
-Lt Paul Butrim
-FFPM Kelsey Sadler
-FFPM Kenneth Lacayo
Please keep their families in your prayers as well as the firefighter who remains hospitalized. pic.twitter.com/SPmpgQZSOR
Crews responded to the 2-alarm fire around 6 a.m. on South Stricker Street near West Pratt Street.
Officials say, while battling the blaze inside of the vacant rowhome, a partial collapse occurred, trapping the four firefighters.
Chief Niles Ford said, one firefighter was quickly rescued and two others remained trapped for about an hour. They were then transported to Shock Trauma.
Rescue crews worked to remove the fourth firefighter, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials held a press conference outside of Shock Trauma Monday evening.
1 Firefighter was immediately pulled out & the other 3 remained trapped. Immediately & as quickly as possible, we removed piles of debris in order to located the trapped members. Within an hour of the fire, we were able to remove 2 of the FFs & transported them to Shock Trauma— BCFD (@ChiefNilesRFord) January 24, 2022
Governor Larry Hogan released the following statement,
“Our hearts are broken for the entire Baltimore City Fire Department as three of our bravest have fallen in the line of duty. A fourth firefighter was critically injured and is on life support. Each and every day, our firefighters and first responders answer the call and are ready to run into danger—this is our worst nightmare... Effective immediately, I have ordered flags lowered to half-staff in remembrance of these fallen heroes. I call on all Marylanders to honor the memories of these brave souls, and pray for their families and fellow firefighters.”