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Maryland firefighter dies from injuries suffered in Ijamsville house fire


Firefighter injured in Ijamsville house fire. (7News)
Firefighter injured in Ijamsville house fire. (7News)
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A firefighter has passed away after suffering injuries during a house fire in Ijamsville Wednesday afternoon.

According to Frederick County fire officials, the firefighter was taken to the hospital via helicopter after he was injured while responding to a house fire in the 9500 block of Ball Road.

Frederick County Deputy Fire Chief Steven Leatherman said after units were called to that area, Captain Josh Laird from the first engine on scene entered the house and fell through the floor into the basement. Laird issued a 'mayday,' and a rescue operation was requested.


A Maryland State Police helicopter landed in the backyard after navigating through thick smoke, and the injured firefighter was loaded onto a stretcher and into a helicopter. Laird was taken to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Leatherman also said no one was home at the time of the fire. He said a preliminary investigation indicated that the house fire was caused by a lightning strike.

Mutual aid was requested from Montgomery County's water supply task force, according to the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman.

That may be because there are no hydrants along the rural road, Lewis reports.

Watch the full update from Frederick County fire officials below:

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