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A Maryland fire department captain died after falling to the ground and into the basement of a burning house engulfed by flames believed to have been caused by lightning.

Joshua Laird, 46, of the Green Valley Fire Station in Frederick County, Maryland, died after responding to a fire in Ijamsville, a city about 45 miles west of Baltimore.

While trapped in the burning house Wednesday, Joshua Laird, 46, of the Green Valley Fire Station in Frederick County, radioed his colleagues and asked them to “tell my family that I love them”.

News of Laird’s death was first reported by WJLA-TV.

Laird, a 21-year veteran of the station, responded to a report of a house fire in the 9500 block of Ball Road in Ijamsville, a city about 45 miles west of Baltimore.

Suspect

A severe storm had passed through the area that afternoon, leading firefighters to suspect that lightning may have been to blame for the fire.

A severe storm had passed through the area that afternoon, leading firefighters to suspect that lightning may have been to blame for the fire.

Firefighters saw heavy fires and smoke emanating from the roof and called for backup, according to The Frederick News-Post.

 

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Laird and his comrades from the Green Valley Fire Station arrived at the scene.

“The [Green Valley] crew entered the home, and shortly after relief was broadcast,” said Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services Division Chief Tom Coe.

Initial reports of a fire came in around 4:45 p.m. The strength of the fire was such that it was still burning at 6:30 pm.

Public statement

A local union representing firefighters lamented Laird in a public statement.

Deputy Chief Steve Leatherman said a firefighter fell through the floor of the house at 5:07 pm.

First responders pulled Laird out of the burning house and immediately began trying to resuscitate him.

He was later airlifted by Maryland State Police helicopter to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.

The fire is being investigated.

“Today, our family has suffered a tragedy,” Stephen Jones, President of Career Firefighters and Paramics, IAFF Local 3666 wrote to the News-Post.

“While we are well aware of the dangers of our profession, every day we put on our uniform in the hope of returning home safely.

“We stand ready to support the Laird family, and each other, as we mourn this loss.”

Joshua Laird Quicks ad Facts

Capt.Josh Laird, a firefighter from Frederick County, Maryland, has died
He was fighting a house fire that was struck by lightning on Wednesday
The fire started at his home in Ijamsville, which is about 45 miles west of Baltimore.
Authorities believe the house was struck by lightning caused by a severe storm in the area
Laird arrived to fight the fire, but fell to the ground and into the basement.
“Tell my family that I love them,” Laird said over the radio while he was trapped at home.
Backup units arrived on the scene and took Laird to the hospital in Washington, DC.
He was pronounced dead at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

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