Baltimore City Fire Department ~ Baltimore ~ Maryland May 10, 1977 . Box 10-34 sounded for a fire in the 40 story U.S.F. & G building. Nothing was evident upon arrival. Firefighters ascended to the 17th floor but found no fire. EVD Firefighter Joseph Bayne, aide to Battalion Chief 5, entered an elevator to descend. The elevator stopped at the 11th floor and when the door opened Firefighter Bayne was struck with a fatal blast of smoke, fire, and searing heat. He was found by fellow firefighters after the blaze was contained. EVD Firefighter Joseph W. "Bill" Bayne, Sr. was 42 years old. Number of years served are unknown at this time.