Three Baltimore City Fire Department fire fighters dead, one in serious condition after partial building collapse, Maryland, US
Three Baltimore City Fire Department fire fighters died and one was in serious condition after responding to a two-alarm fire at a vacant row home in Baltimore on Monday, 24 January 2022, Fire Chief Niles Ford said. Four fire fighters inside the burning home became trapped when the building partially collapsed, according to a tweet from Ford. One fire fighter was immediately pulled out and transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Centre's Shock Trauma Centre, where he was in serious condition, Niles said, while three others remained trapped inside the structure. Two of the fire fighters were taken to the Shock Trauma Centre, where they were pronounced dead, Niles said. The fourth fire fighter was pronounced dead at the scene.
The fire chief identified the three deceased fire fighters as Baltimore City Fire Department Lt Paul Butrim, fire fighter/paramedic Kelsey Sadler and EMT/fire fighter Kenny Lacayo.
EMT/fire fighter John McMaster is on life support in the intensive care unit at Shock Trauma Centre, University of Maryland Dr Thomas Scalea said at the news conference. Dr Scalea said Sadler and Lacayo suffered cardiac arrest at the scene of the fire and were pronounced dead at the hospital.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
"Today, Baltimore has lost three of the bravest among us who made the ultimate sacrifice for our city," Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said at the news conference. "This is a gut-wrenching tragedy for our city, for our fire department and most importantly for the families of our fire fighters."
"These aren't just members of the Baltimore City Fire Department, these are our heroes," Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby said. "We can't allow this incident today, this horrific incident, to go in vain. But we must ensure that we appreciate the job that they do on a daily basis."
Heartbreaking photos from the scene show fire fighters consoling each other in the street outside of the home that caught fire.
Source: CNN, New York Post