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Baltimore County, MD Firefighter Gene Kirchner in critical condition after mayday at fatal house fire. Member of Reisterstown VFC.

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The dwelling, a two-story Victorian, was used as a few separate apartments, and was less than a quarter-mile from the closest fire company, so they arrived quickly. On arrival they had heavy fire and smoke. When they went inside, they found Steven Stark, 58, on the second floor. He was taken to Northwest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

At some point, volunteer Firefighter Gene Kirchner, 24, issued a mayday call from inside the home. Firefighters found him unconscious, rescued him and transported him to Northwest Hospital, then to Baltimore Shock Trauma, where his condition is critical. What happened and why is unknown yet.

WMAR-TV:

A 24-year-old volunteer firefighter is now in critical condition after  working at a  3-alarm  fire in Reisterstown  early Wednesday morning.

Gene Kirchner was one of the initial crews that responded and was found  unconscious on the 2nd floor.  Rescue crews had to take him out. A mayday  was called during the fire.

Baltimore Sun:

Steven Stark, 58, of the unit block of Hanover Road, was found in an upstairs hallway of his home during an intense search and rescue effort and transported to Northwest Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, said Captain Rich Schenning, a department spokesman.

Kirchner, whose exact age was not immediately available, was resuscitated at the scene and transported to Northwest Hospital Center before being transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday morning, Schenning said.

Firefighters conducting a secondary search of the home located Stark, Schenning said. 

WJZ-TV:

Volunteer firefighter Gene Kirchner was unconscious when removed from the home and is now in critical condition at Shock Trauma.

Kirchner is a seven-year veteran of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Department.

There’s no word on what caused the fire.

WBAL-TV:

Firefighters were met by  heavy fire and smoke. When they went inside, they said they found Steven Stark,  58, on the second floor. He was taken to Northwest Hospital, where he was  pronounced dead.

Baltimore County fire  officials said a volunteer firefighter, identified as Gene Kirchner, 24, issued  a mayday call and collapsed inside the home. Crews found him and took him to  Northwest Hospital. He was then transferred to Shock Trauma, where his condition  isn’t known.

Officials said the bulk of  the fire was held to the back portion of the house. Fire investigators are still  looking for the cause. 11 News has learned that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,  Firearms and Explosives has been called in to assist.

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