The city of Baltimore is in mourning after three firefighters were killed when they responded to a fire and became trapped inside.
Lt. Paul Butrim, firefighter Kelsey Sadler and firefighter Kenny Lacayo died while battling a blaze at a vacant row-home Monday morning.
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
The house partially collapsed, trapping them inside, along with a fourth firefighter, John McMaster, who survived and is in critical but stable condition.
Lt. Butrim was a 16-year veteran of the department. Sadler spent 15 years with the department and Lacayo was with the department for seven years.
"This is a gut-wrenching tragedy for our city, the Baltimore City Fire Department, and most importantly the families of our firefighters," Baltimore 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."
Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford said, "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."
This morning when responding to a 2-alarm fire in the 200block of S. Stricker Street, firefighters were inside battling a fire in a 3 story vacant rowhome. While doing so, a partial collapse occurred a four members were trapped inside. pic.twitter.com/52Df3SzFt8
— BCFD (@ChiefNilesRFord) January 24, 2022
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered flags lowered to half-staff.
Law enforcement and sports teams in Baltimore are also offering their condolences.
The Baltimore Police Department extends deepest sympathies and prayers to the families, friends, and coworkers of our departed brothers and sister from @BaltimoreFire Please continue to keep our hospitalized brother and his family in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/Ma7pu3DeSV
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) January 24, 2022
Our thoughts are with @BaltimoreFiretonight and the families of those brave first responders. The City lost three heroes today. 💔 pic.twitter.com/KUy0zTIwk7
— FBI Baltimore (@FBIBaltimore) January 25, 2022
Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the unimaginable loss of three Baltimore City Firefighters today. We cannot express enough gratitude for their commitment to protecting our community in the line of duty. We share our deepest condolences with their families and colleagues.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) January 24, 2022
Statement from the Baltimore Ravens. pic.twitter.com/D3wnJ0OpbP
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 25, 2022
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