January 24, 2022 – In Breaking News – FIREHOUSE
Baltimore officials delivered the tragic news that three Baltimore firefighters died and a fourth is in critical condition following the collapse of a rowhome Monday morning.
Fire Chief Niles Ford identified the deceased as Lt. Paul Butrim, Firefighter/Paramedic Kelsey Sadler, and Firefighter/Paramedic Kenneth Lacayo.
Firefighter/EMT John McMaster, a six-year member of the department, is in critical condition but stable condition at Baltimore Shock Trauma.
(The house partially collapsed, trapping the firefighters inside. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on Jan 25, 2021.)
There are no words to describe the pain and the severity of the losses we have suffered today,” Mayor Brandon Scott said in a statement.
“My heart is with the Firefighters, their families, and the entire Baltimore City Fire Department who put the lives and safety of others before their own wellbeing each and every day. I ask that all of Baltimore keep them in our prayers during this extremely difficult time.”
“This is a gut-wrenching tragedy for our city, the Baltimore City Fire Department, and most importantly the families of our firefighters.
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
Firefighters were called to the fire on the 200 block of South Stricker Street at 5:53 a.m. and arrived at 5:56, Ford said during the press conference.
In a photo posted to Twitter by Baltimore Firefighters Local 734, fire was showing from all floors of the three-story, middle-of-the-row home.
Just after 6:30, Local 734 tweeted that there had been a collapse and multiple maydays were called. In a photo they shared, fire was now through the roof of the structure.
A second alarm was called to bring additional crews to the scene.
A heartfelt moment for #BCFD. FF John McMaster was released from @shocktrauma FF McMaster is truly a #HERO. We will continue to pray for his health & strength as he recovers. pic.twitter.com/h3eOblTwsv
— Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) January 27, 2022
Ford said there was a partial collapse that trapped four firefighters.
McMaster was pulled from the debris quickly and was transported to Baltimore shock trauma.
(Monday’s fatal fire in southwest Baltimore shocked the city fire department and fire departments across the country as an investigation gets underway. Courtesy of WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore and YouTube. Posted on Jan 25, 2021.)
According to scanner traffic from Broadcastify, a second firefighter was located and removed about 7:40 a.m.
A third firefighter was removed about 8:20 a.m. and crews were ordered away from the structure over concerns about the building’s stability, according to additional Broadcastify radio traffic.
(Newly sworn-in Baltimore Housing Commissioner Alice Kennedy said a vacant house at the center of a deadly fire and federal investigation is a sign of a larger problem in the city. Courtesy of WJZ and YouTube. Posted on Jan 26, 2021.)
Continue reading… Three Baltimore Firefighters Killed in Collapse; One is Critical
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Lt. Butrim, FF Sadler, and FF Lacayo. Thank you for your bravery and commitment to serving the citizens Baltimore. You will not be forgotten.
FDNY and U.S. Fire Administration Honored in 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
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