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2 Wilmington Firefighters Killed, 4 Injured After Floor Collapses in Burning Row Home

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Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes

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.

 

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EVFC Incident #105 09/23/2016 at 7:34am - White Horse Pike and Wharton Park Blvd for a Motor Vehicle Accident

IncidentsCalled out for a motor vehicle accident. A box truck went off the road and hit a utility pole on White Horse Pike and a utility pole on Wharton Park Blvd. Power line down on truck. Assisted police with traffic. Stood by until electric company turned off electricity and vehicle was removed. All Elwood units cleared at 9:46am
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EVFC Incident #104 09/23/2016 at 3:49am - 404 Elwood Rd for an Activated Fire Alarm

IncidentsMullica units were dispatched to a boarding home for an activated fire alarm. Upon arrival, no fire was found. Alarm was accidentally tripped by worker of the boarding home while cleaning. All alarm units were checked and reset. All units cleared at 4:14am
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EVFC Incident #103 09/23/2016 at 12:46am - 3417 White Horse Pike (The Bus Stop) for a Vehicle Fire

IncidentsCalled out for a vehicle fire. On arrival, found two vehicles involved and close to the building. Extinguished both vehicles. No damage to building. All Elwood units cleared at 2:22am
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EVFC Incident #102 09/20/2016 at 4:15am - 4822 White Horse Pike for a Smoke Investigation

IncidentsTree branch fell on service to house. On arrival found smoke in the basement shut down main breaker, stood by for electric company to arrive cleared scene upon electric company arrival
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EVFC Incident #101 09/19/2016 at 2:57pm - Moss Mill Rd Rd & Absecon Ave for Wires Arching

IncidentsCalled for the report of wires aching & tree smoking at 2:57pm. Arrived at 3:07pm Made the area safe & diverted traffic until the Electric Company arrived & removed the tree. All station 160 units were back in service at 4:35pm.
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EVFC Incident #100 09/13/2016 at 8:04pm - Moss Rd & Arrow Rd for Smoke Investigation

IncidentsCalled for the report of smoke in the area. Investigated and found nothing. All station 160 units were clear at 8:15pm

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