Three Baltimore City Fire Fighters Die Fighting A Rowhouse Blaze

Fire fighters and others embrace each other after a fire fighter who died in a rowhouse fire is pulled out of the building and into an ambulance.  (AP)

One is currently listed in critical condition

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s fire chief says three firefighters were killed and a fourth was injured when part of a vacant home collapsed while they were battling a blaze.

On Monday morning, fire fighters were dispatched to a two-alarm fire at rowhouse on on Soth Strickler when teh building collapsed.

Chief Niles R. Ford told a news conference that the injured firefighter was pulled from the building immediately and taken to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.  He’s identified as EMT/Fire Fighter John McMaster.

Ford said two other firefighters were pronounced dead at the hospital. The fourth trapped firefighter was pronounced dead at the scene.  They’re identified as Lt. Paul Butrim, Fire Fighter Paramedic Kelsy Salder, and EMT/Fire FIghter Kenny Lacayo.

Photographs from the scene showed firefighters being consoled by their comrades.

Governor Larry Hogan has ordered all flags to be lowered to half staff to honor these fire fighters.

By The Associated Presss