The deaths of three Baltimore firefighters, who died after being trapped in a burning vacant row house in January, have been ruled a homicide, police said Wednesday.
The criminal nature of the death came after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled the fire was “arson,” officials said in a news release.
The designation applies to fires that are “intentionally started or spread to an area where the fire should not be” or “are not necessarily intentional but result directly from other criminal activity,” according to the bureau.
Authorities had previously released footage of an “interesting person” in connection with the killings and are now hunting the suspect, the press release said.
Lt. Paul Butrim, Lt. Kelsey Sadler and firefighter/paramedic Kenneth Lacayo were trapped in the vacant home when it partially collapsed in the early hours of January 24. A fourth first responder was rescued.
“The thoughts of Lt. Butrim, Lt. Sadler and Firefighter/EMT Lacayo were present on our minds at every step of this investigation,” said ATF Baltimore Special Agent Toni Crosby.
“The classification as an arsonist is an important step forward in this investigation. We will continue to work with our partners to ensure a full and thorough investigation is completed.”
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