BALTIMORE, MD—The Baltimore Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) field office is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that could identify a person of interest in the case of a deadly fire that killed three Baltimore City Fire Department firefighters.
“The individual we are seeking to identify may have important information that could assist in this investigation,” said ATF Baltimore Acting Special Agent in Charge LC. Cheeks, Jr. “We are asking anyone with knowledge of this person’s identity to come forward so that special agents and investigators can continue their efforts to find the cause of this tragic fire. The brave men and women of the service Baltimore City Fire are always ready to respond when the people of Baltimore need them. Now it’s time for us to be there when they need us.
Around 6 a.m. on January 24, units responded to a two-alarm fire in the 200 block of S. Stricker St. in Baltimore. A partial building collapse occurred and six firefighters became trapped inside the vacant house. Two firefighters were extracted with minor injuries, one firefighter was seriously injured and taken to hospital, and three firefighters were fatally injured in the line of duty.
The ATF Baltimore Field Division, in conjunction with the Baltimore Fire Department, Baltimore Police Department, and Maryland State Office of the Fire Marshal, conducted the origin investigation. and the cause of the fire, conducted interviews with witnesses and surveyed the neighborhood for information. Additional assistance was provided by our partners at the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department; Howard County Fire and Rescue Department; Anne Arundel County Fire Department; Prince George’s County Fire Department/EMS; and the Annapolis Fire Department.
During the investigation, officers obtained surveillance footage that shows a person of interest who was around the scene of the S. Stricker Street fire the day before the fire and they believe this person could have information crucial to the investigation.
“A $10,000 reward is available for information that leads to the positive identification of this individual. Anyone with information about this person of interest or the case in general can contact the ATF at 888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477) or [email protected] govt.
In addition to identifying the person of interest, investigators are also looking to the public for photos and video of the fire. These can be submitted to ATF via [email protected] govt.