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Second Baltimore firefighter succumbs to injuries from deadly 2-alarm fire

Lieutenant Dillon Rinaldo had been in critical condition since the fire that claimed Firefighter Rodney Pitts III


Lieutenant Dillon J. Rinaldo. (Baltimore City Fire Department/Facebook)

By Bill Carey

BALTIMORE — A second Baltimore firefighter has died following a two-alarm fire that claimed one firefighter and injured several others on Oct. 19.

Lieutenant Dillon Rinaldo died early Wednesday morning at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Rinaldo’s condition had been critical but stable over the weekend, CBS Baltimore reported.

Firefighters were dispatched to a two-alarm fire at a rowhome in the 5200 block of Linden Heights Avenue. The fire extended to three additional homes.

The fire claimed the life of Firefighter Rodney Pitts III and injured Rinaldo and three other firefighters. The three surviving firefighters have been discharged from the hospital since the incident.

Rinaldo was set to marry his fiancé in a few months, and the couple had recently adopted a puppy, according to a GoFundMe created to help with recovery expenses.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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