VIDEO: January’s deadly vacant rowhome fire along south Stricker Street rocked Baltimore City to its core.
Three firefighters were killed and another was injured that day, and since then the cries for change have grown louder.
Now, a new report from Maryland Occupational Safety and Health reveals the possible failures that may have put the firefighters in danger.
Several firefighters who responded to the fire told investigators they were not aware the vacant home was damaged in a fire in 2015 which left several firefighters injured, and if they’d known they may have approached it differently.
One of the men who responded to January’s fire told MOSH he had actually fallen through the floor in the home in 2015.
However, MOSH says dispatch never advised the firefighters, and an old system where x’s were placed on buildings to warn firefighters of damage no longer existed.
Councilwoman Odette Ramos says Code X-Ray began in 2010 but didn’t last long.