Baltimore Firefighters Who Died in Vacant House Fire Ruled Homicides


Photo: Baltimore City Firefighters Union

The three Baltimore City firefighters who tragically lost their lives while inside a vacant house that was on fire have had their deaths ruled as homicides, according to the Baltimore City Police.

At around 6:00 a.m. on January 24, the Baltimore City Fire Department responded to a call of a vacant house on fire at 205 S. Stricker Street. When firefighters entered the house in an attempt to extinguish the fire, the interior of the house collapsed and four firefighters were trapped inside. Kenneth Lacayo, Kelsey Sadler and Paul Butrim all died as a result of injuries sustained while attempting to put out the fire, according to the State Medical Examiner.

ATF Baltimore, along with the Baltimore City Fire Department, Baltimore Police Department and Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal are investigating the fire and have classified it as incendiary.

In February, the ATF Baltimore released a video clip of an individual they have named a person of interest in the fire. A reward of $100,000 has been issued for information leading to an arrest.


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