Two firefighters remain hospitalized; GoFundMe created for fallen firefighter

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One firefighter remains in serious condition, while another is expected to be released shortly after suffering injuries during the Thursday afternoon fire that claimed the life of firefighter Rodney Pitts III, a department spokesperson said Saturday.

The townhouse fire in the 5200 block of Linden Heights Avenue that claimed Pitts’ life Thursday also hospitalized four firefighters who suffered burns, Baltimore Fire Chief James Wallace said. he said at a news conference on Friday.

Pitts was inside an occupied home between two vacant properties when firefighters were overwhelmed by the intensity of the fire, The Sun reported. Three of the four injured firefighters were assisting in the rescue efforts.

Keith Brooks II, a 14-year veteran, and firefighter Tavon Marshall, a 3-year veteran, were also taken to the hospital where they were treated and released.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leading the investigation into the cause of the fire. Baltimore police arson and homicide units are also investigating.

Pitts joined the department last year and became active duty as a firefighter and paramedic in August. after joining the department last year. He was stationed in Park Heights on Engine 29.

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His death comes less than two years after three firefighters were killed and a fourth seriously injured in a fire in a vacant row house on South Stricker Street in New South West/Mount Clare.

A person who answered the door to a home listed for Pitts declined to comment Friday.

In the wake of his death, the Baltimore Firefighters Union has established a GoFundMe with a goal of $200,000 to support Pitts’ family. As of Saturday afternoon, the campaign has raised $17,000 through more than 230 donations.

Several state and local leaders have expressed their condolences to Pitts’ family, and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott called him a “hero.” in a post for Xformerly known as Twitter.

Similarly, Gov. Wes Moore ordered all U.S. and Maryland flags to fly at half-staff on Friday to commemorate Pitts’ death.

“Our entire state mourns the victims of the fire in northwest Baltimore that claimed the life of one firefighter and seriously injured four others. [Thursday night]“he said in a statement.

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