Three Baltimore firefighters were killed in a fierce house fire in January and authorities now said their deaths were “homicides.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said that the fire that claimed the lives of the three firefighters was “incendiary” or “intentionally ignited or spread into an area where it should not be.”
On Jan. 24, Lt. Paul Butrim, Lt. Kelsey Sadler, and Firefighter/ EMT Kenneth Lacayo got trapped in the engulfed vacant house before it collapsed.
They died in the early hours of the morning while a fourth responder survived the ordeal.
“Thoughts of Lt. Butrim, Lt. Sadler, and Firefighter/EMT Lacayo have been present in our minds every step of this investigation,” ATF Agent Toni Crosby said.
“The incendiary classification is an important step forward in this investigation. We will continue to work alongside our partners to ensure a complete and thorough investigation is completed.”
Authorities released footage of a “person of interest” in connection with the incident.