Firefighter dies after responding to Urbana fire


Captain Josh Laird, image courtesy of Career Firefighters Association of Frederick County, MD Local 3666 via Facebook.

URBANA, Md. (WDVM) — Officials have confirmed that a firefighter who was injured while responding to a two-alarm fire in Urbana has died. Captain Josh Laird died on Wednesday while responding to a fire on the 9500 block of Ball Road.

The crew first responded around 5:00 p.m. to the 9500 block of Ball Road.

At least 100 firefighters from Montgomery, Frederick, Carroll and Howard Counties responded to the fire, according to Frederick Fire and Rescue.

The Deputy Chief said that while the structure was severely damaged, it was not a total loss. Nobody else was injured in the fire.

Governor Larry Hogan announced that U.S. and state flags in Maryland will fly at half-staff to honor Captain Joshua Laird of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, who died in the line of duty:

“Maryland has lost another of our true heroes—Captain Joshua Laird, a 21-year veteran of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, lost his life in the line of duty yesterday while bravely responding to a fire in Ijamsville. On behalf of all Marylanders, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, his fellow firefighters, and to all those who loved him.”

Gov. Larry Hogan

A post from Stephen Jones with IAFF Local 3666 said, “We are keenly aware of the dangers of our profession. Each day we hope that God would continue to look over and protect us. Each day we put on our uniform, with the hope that each of our brothers and sisters would safely return home. Today tragedy has befallen our family.”

The Frederick County Fire Marshal is investigating this incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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