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Fatal mayday at Baltimore 2-alarm rowhome fire; 1 FF dead, 4 injured

Baltimore Fire Chief James Wallace said one firefighter died and four others suffered burns of varying degrees


Baltimore Fire chief James Wallace speaks during press conference outside Shock Trauma after several firefighters were injured and one firefighter died fighting a fire on October 19, 2023.

Kenneth K. Lam

UPDATE (9:34 p.m. EDT):

At a press conference outside of the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Fire Chief James Wallace told reporters that five firefighters suffered burns of varying degrees and one of the five has died.

The identity of the fallen firefighter has not been released.

Chief Wallace emphasized that details of the fire are still developing. Initial reports are that the fire grew very rapidly and that the injured firefighters were operating in what was an occupied part of the rowhomes on fire, not an abandoned unit.


By Bill Carey

BALTIMORE — Three firefighters were hospitalized following a mayday on Thursday afternoon during a fire in Northwest Baltimore.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a fire in a two-story brick rowhome in the 5200 block of Linden Heights Avenue. The fire had quickly extended to three additional residences, CBS News Baltimore reported.

“When the fire grew in its intensity,” Baltimore City Fire Department Public Information Officer Kevin Cartwright said. “The incident commander then requested a second alarm to bring in additional manpower and resources to this scene to get control of this fire.”

Officials said the injured firefighters were treated on the scene and transported to local hospitals. The extent of their injuries remained undisclosed at the time of the statement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is assisting with the investigation into the cause of the fire.