BALTIMORE is a city in Maryland with an estimated population of 583,923 people.
On January 24, 2022, a fire erupted after a vacant row home collapsed in southwest Baltimore.
What happened in the Baltimore, Maryland fire?
Local news outlets reported that on Monday three firefighters have died, and a fourth is critically injured after a fire broke out.
"Shock Trauma chief physician Thomas Scalea said two of the firefighters died of cardiac arrest at the scene," Fox Baltimore reported.
On January 25, 2022, the firefighters were named.
“Today, Baltimore has lost three of the bravest among us: Lt. Paul Butrim, Firefighter/Paramedic Kelsey Sadler, and EMT/Firefighter Kenny Lacayo,” said Mayor Brandon Scott.
“All made the ultimate sacrifice. For that, Baltimore owes them the deepest gratitude and respect.”
The fourth firefighter, John McMaster, is in the hospital with what Scott describes as “critical but stable condition.”
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“This is a gut-wrenching tragedy for our city, the Baltimore City Fire Department and most importantly the families of our firefighters.”
Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Niles Ford also issued a statement about the three deaths.
“From this moment, we will honor those we lost today, for their bravery, their courage, their love for helping others and the respect they had for the Baltimore City Fire Department.”
Some of the firefighters called for a "Mayday" after being trapped under the collapse.
In the early hours of Monday morning, the Baltimore Fire Department tweeted about the fire.
"2-Alarm update. At this time 3 Firefighters have been transported to the hospital in serious condition. We are still trying to rescue 1 Firefighter trapped inside. Next Media Update will be at Shock Trauma," the department wrote.
What did the governor say about the firefighters?
The governor of Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered flags lowered to half-staff.
"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," Hogan said in a statement.
Where did the fire take place?
The fire broke out in southwest Baltimore, on the 200 block of S Stricker Street.
The fire department arrived at the scene to discover large flames from all three floors of the home.
A special rescue team was needed to assist the firefighters with the blaze.
Within an hour of attempts to free the crew from being trapped under the collapse, two of the trapped firefighters were removed and transported to Shock Trauma.
The two firefighters were listed in serious condition.
Some citizens took to Twitter to express their condolences for the firefighters.
"Our prayers and thoughts are with these men and women every day, today take a moment will you," one user wrote.
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