Firefighter Mark Falkenhan, 43, was killed last night after becoming trapped and calling a mayday during an apartmentment fire where he suffered massive burns. He leaves behind his wife and 2 children. He was a member of the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company. Radio traffic audio available after the jump
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Firefighters had rescued a woman and were searching for more possible survivors on the second and third floors when a “flashover” occurred, according to the chief. A flashover is a powerful ignition of combustible materials. Falkenhan’s partner managed to escape through a window, officials said.
The following radio traffic audio provided by firefighterdispatch has been edited to remove sensitive radio transmissions.
[1:15] Mayday occurs (edited due to sensitive radio transmissions)
[1:43] Dispatcher announces radio traffic limited for trapped firefighter
[4:21] Side Charlie command announces they have a trapped firefighter in Division 3 – rescue in progress
[6:00] Interior firefighter low on air says he has the firefighter
[6:20] Firefighter brought to the balcony
[7:10] Firefighters requesting assistance in removing firefighter from balcony
[7:30] Truck 8 requested to place ariel to 3rd floor balcony
[7:43] EMS requested to rear of building
[8:23] Truck 8 making rescue with stokes basket to balcony
[9:31] Dispatcher announces ‘Mayday complete’ at 7:01PM
Flames engulfed an entire apartment building at the Towson Crossing Apartments complex at 30 Dowling Circle at about 7 p.m. Wednesday:
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Additional Media Coverage:
Firefighter Dies In 4-Alarm Parkville Fire – WBAL Baltimore – A Baltimore County volunteer firefighter battling a four-alarm fire in the Parkville area has died. Flames engulfed an entire apartment
Lutherville firefighter killed, 2 residents hurt in four-alarm Parkville fire – Explore Baltimore County - A Lutherville volunteer firefighter was killed during a four-alarm apartment fire in Parkville, fire officials said.
Volunteer Firefighter Killed in Four-Alarm Blaze – Patch - Two residents injured. Fallen firefighter issued a “Mayday” during the fire and was quickly pulled from the blaze but died shortly after.
Firefighter killed in Md. – TBD.com - Fire officials say a firefighter has died after a blaze in an apartment complex north of Baltimore city.