The fire broke out in an apartment complex at 30 Dowling Circle at approximately 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Several residents were rescued during the initial operations.
According to Chief John Hohman crews were working on the second and third floors when a flashover occurred.
During the course of the fire a mayday was declared for an injured firefighter. WBAL reports that Baltimore County Fire Spokesman Elise Armacost says the firefighter was transported to a hospital with serious injuries life threatening injuries.
Falkenham is survived by a wife and two children. Falkenham had recently left a career position with the Baltimore County Fire Department to pursue an opportunity with the U.S. Secret Service. He also worked as an instructor for the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.
One of the injured civilians was transported to John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in critical condition due to burn injuries.
The fire is reported to have started in a kitchen and spread to upper floors. Chief Hohman states that the department will begin investigating to see if the proper procedures were followed and what lessons can be learned from the incident.
God bless Fire Fighter Falkenhan, Family, friends, and brother/sister Fire Fighter's of the Lutherville VFD. Lest WE Forget for his sacrifice to help other's in time of need. May his spirit be with us and in memory for his bravery to serve his community.
When I'm called to duty, God, Wherever flames may rage, Give me strength to save a life, Whatever be it's age,
Help me to embrace a little child, Before it's to late, Or save an older person from, The horror of that fate, Enable me to be alert, To hear the weakest shout, And quickly and efficiently, To put the fire out, I want my calling and, To give the best in me, To guard my neighbor and, Protect his property, And if according to your will, I have to lose my life, Bless with your protecting hand, My children and my wife.