Firefighters dead after tackling building blaze in Baltimore


Firefighters dead after tackling building blaze in Baltimore.

THREE Baltimore firefighters were found dead on Monday, January 25 after tackling a devastating building blaze, city officials said. The emergency service professionals found themselves trapped inside the collapsed building. A fourth firefighter is on life support from injuries.

The fire had broken out at a vacant property in a three-story building in the 200 block of South Stricker Street. One of the firefighters was pulled from the burning rowhouse but two others remained trapped for about an hour, said Baltimore City Fire Chief Niles R. Ford.

Rescue crews worked to remove a fourth firefighter, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene, officials said at an evening news conference.

Medics transported the three injured firefighters to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Ford said.

The firefighters who lost their lives on Monday were identified as Lt Paul Butrim, who served for 16 years; firefighter/paramedic Kelsey Sadler, who served 15 years; and firefighter/paramedic Kenneth Lacayo, who spent seven years with the department, officials said.

EMT/firefighter John McMaster remained at the hospital in critical but stable condition, officials said.

Baltimore Fire tweeted a picture of their fallen colleagues with the words: “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.”

Branchville Fire Service paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baltimore City Fire Department following 3 Line of Duty Deaths and 1 suffering serious injuries after a fire this morning. We are deeply saddened by this news and our hearts go out to their friends, family, and all who knew and loved them.”

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Matthew Roscoe

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