Three Baltimore firefighters were hospitalized and one was trapped Monday after a burning building partially collapsed, officials said.
The Baltimore City Fire Department said crews responded to the fire in a vacant three-story rowhouse in the Mount Clare neighborhood about 6 a.m.
As they were working to control the blaze, the building partially collapsed, Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford tweeted.
One firefighter was immediately pulled out and the other three were trapped, the chief said.
“Immediately & as quickly as possible, we removed piles of debris in order to locate the trapped members,” Ford tweeted. “Within an hour of the fire, we were able to remove 2 of the FFs & transported them to Shock Trauma.”
Firefighters were tearing down the building’s facade shortly before noon and there were lots of hugs and tears when one of the firefighters was rescued, according to a tweet from NBC affiliate WBAL of Baltimore.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott said his heart was with the firefighters and their families.
“Our BCFD members put the lives and safety of others before their own wellbeing each and every day. I ask that we all keep them in our prayers during this extremely difficult time,” he tweeted.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said his office was monitoring the situation.
In a tweet, the governor added: “The State Fire Marshal is assisting the Baltimore City Fire Department. Please take a moment to pray for these firefighters and their families.”
A spokesperson for the Baltimore City Fire Department had no details on efforts to rescue the fourth firefighter.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Tim Fitzsimons is a reporter for NBC News. he/him