Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes
Two Wilmington firefighters were killed and four injured when the first floor of a burning row home collapsed early Saturday morning.
The fire broke out in a brick home along Lakeview Road in a development called Canby Park.
Wilmington's Fire Chief Anthony Goode said the floors in the home were soft and brittle. When the floor caved, veteran firefighters Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes fell through to the basement and became trapped
The fallen firefighters both leave behind children and families, Goode said. Leach, 41, was with the department 14 years and Fickes, who was 51, spent the last 13 years as a Wilmington firefighter.
Just last week, Leach left a Facebook post that seems to underscore his love of the job.
The Elwood Vol Fire Company would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families and members of the Wilmington Fire Department.