Three firefighters killed in Baltimore City house fire, 4th in critical condition

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UPDATE 2: A $10,000 reward is being offered for information on a person of interest in connection with this fire.

UPDATE: A GoFundMe page has been established to help the families of the firefighters who were killed and injured in this fire – details here.

Original story below…


BALTIMORE, MD—Three firefighters have died following an early morning house fire in Baltimore City.

At around 6 a.m., units responded to a fire in the 200-block of S. Stricker Street in west Baltimore.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire in a vacant, three-story rowhome.  A second alarm was sounded and several firefighters then became trapped inside following a partial building collapse.

City officials say Lt. Paul Butrim, Kelsey Sadler, and Kenny Lacayo were killed in the Monday morning blaze. A fourth firefighter, identified as John McMaster, is in critical but stable condition.

“Today, we lost three brave Baltimore City Fire Department EMTs/Firefighters,” said Mayor Brandon Scott on Monday afternoon. “We will never forget their sacrifice. I ask that we all pray for Firefighter McMaster, who remains at Shock Trauma, and keep the families of all of these heroes close to our hearts.”

Governor Larry Hogan has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the firefighters.

Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Niles R. Ford issued the following statement: “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.”


Paul Butrim Kenny Lacayo Kelsey Sadler Baltimore Fire

Photo via Baltimore City Fire Department

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