Nathan Flynn has been identified as the firefighter who tragically died after falling through the second floor of a home while fighting a 7-alarm fire in Clarksville, Maryland. Flynn was transported to the hospital following the accident, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
“On behalf of the citizens of Harford County we salute Nate for his service and his bravery, and we are grief-stricken for the young family that he leaves behind. Our community will support them in any way that they need during this difficult time. We pray for Nate, his family, and his fire service brothers and sisters in both counties,” Howard County Executive Barry Glassman said in a statement, via The Baltimore Sun.
It is believed that the fire started due to a lightning strike, with three people making it out of the home safely.
The fire was contained at 10:00 a.m. local time.
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Nate Flynn, a 13 year firefighter veteran @hcdfrs, died trying to rescue 3 occupants in a house fire in Clarksville, MD this morning. He fell through the floor to the basement around 2:20am and was found 20 minutes later. He was pronounced dead at 5:30am. Thinking of his family and the Howard County Fire Dept family. #RIPNathanFlynn #Sacrifice #Service #DiedAHero #ThankYouForYourService @fox5dc
Governor Larry Hogan added, “Incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of a Howard County firefighter as he bravely worked to save others’ lives. The First Lady and I send our prayers and deepest condolences to his family, fellow firefighters, and loved ones as we mourn the loss of a hero.”
After learning of Flynn’s tragic passing, Governor Hogan ordered the United States and Maryland State flags to be lowered to half-staff effective immediately in order to honor the hero who died in the line of duty.