The Baltimore City Fire Department said history was made in 2020 as the department recorded its lowest number of fire fatalities in the history of the department, according to Fire Chief Niles R. Ford.
Reaching a historic low, the department confirmed that there were only seven fire fatalities in 2020.
“I want to thank Chief Ford and the Baltimore City Fire Department for their hard work and unwavering dedication to the residents of Baltimore,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Every life saved is monumental for us all and a testament to the efforts of our first responders who continue to make a huge impact in this city. Within the past decade, fire fatalities soared into the double-digits. Causes range from smoke inhalation, lack of working smoke alarms and portable heaters.