Howard Co. firefighter dies after falling through burning floor

HOWARD CO. - A Howard County firefighter died from his injuries after he fell through a burning floor while battling a house fire on Monday in Clarksville.

Nathan Flynn was one of the many firefighters who responded to a severe 7-alarm house fire around 2 a.m. at the 7000 block of Woodscape Drive.

Officials say Flynn went inside the home to fight the fire and fell through the floor around 2:20 a.m.

Flynn was immediately extricated and given emergency medical care and taken to a hospital.

Around 5:30 a.m., Flynn's family was notified of his death.

Officials say Flynn's death marks the first time in history a Howard County Fire Department firefighter has died in the line of duty.

“Today is a tough day in Howard County," said Deputy Fire Chief William Anuszewski. “As a firefighter we know there are inherent risks, we know there is a possibility for this, we just hope it never comes.”

Flynn, 34, of Harford County, is a 13-year veteran of the department and is survived by his wife and five children. Officials will released funeral arrangements as they become available.

Fire officials say the house fire was put out just before noon. Occupants of the home were able to safely self-evacuate. They have been displaced.

Investigators say the fire was possible started by a lightning strike.

Janet Siddiqui, who was running for Howard County Council and is a former school board member, confirmed to DCW50 that she is the homeowner along with her husband, Nayab.

In a e-mailed statement, she wrote:

"We are devastated by the loss of firefighter Nathan Flynn.  We grieve alongside the Howard County community and our hearts go out to his family and comrades.  Structures can be rebuilt, but the loss of a loved one is irreplaceable. We are profoundly grateful and thank the fire department for their bravery and dedication today."