Donations pour in for family of Md. firefighter killed battling blaze

WASHINGTON — Donations are pouring in for the family of the veteran Maryland firefighter killed battling a house fire early Monday morning.

Nathan Flynn, 34, was killed after he fell through the first floor of a burning Clarksville home likely ignited by a lightning strike, Howard County fire officials said. Rescuers were unable to reach Flynn for more than 20 minutes before he was found unconscious in the basement of the house.

The first career firefighter to die in the line of duty in Howard County, Flynn served at the Susquehanna Hose Company and as a volunteer firefighter as well.

The Susquehanna Hose Company tweeted out an online fundraiser to help support his family.

The homeowners are among those who donated to the rapidly growing online fund started by the Local 2000 chapter of the International Association of Firefighters.

The online fundraiser had raised more than $50,000 in its first day.

“We are devastated by the loss of firefighter Nathan Flynn,” the homeowners said in a statement.

“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.”

Celebration of life services are planned for Flynn. The viewing is Friday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the memorial service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mountain Christian Church, 1824 Mountain Road in Joppa, Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman are expected to be in attendance.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the seven-alarm fire, including units from Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Montgomery and Carroll counties in Maryland. The three people inside the house were able to evacuate safely.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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