United States Fire Administration
28 January 2022
See “Collapse Kills Baltimore Firefighters“
The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter/Paramedic Kenneth Lacayo, 30, of the Baltimore City Fire Department on 24 January 2022.
On Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, the Baltimore City Fire Department responded to a fire inside a three story vacant rowhouse in the 200 block of South Stricker Street. Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Acting Lieutenant Kelsey Sadler, Firefighter/Paramedic Kenneth Lacayo, and EMT/Firefighter John McMaster were working to put out the flames inside the structure when a partial collapse occurred. The firefighters became trapped. A mayday was called and the firefighters were removed from the debris. Lieutenant Butrim passed away at the scene. Acting Lieutenant Sadler and Firefighter/Paramedic Lacayo passed away shortly after arrival at the hospital. EMT/Firefighter McMaster has been listed in critical condition. Firefighter/Paramedic Kelsey Sadler who was Acting Lieutenant that day was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant. Investigation into the incident continues.
Incident date: January 24, 2022 5:53 a.m.
Date of death: January 24, 2022
Cause of death: Collapse
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Vacant Property
The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 12.
Go here to read the numbers of interior on-duty deaths.
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.
For more information about on-duty deaths as recorded by the United States Fire Administration go to “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.”