Woman Charged With Murder in The Deaths of Two Delaware Firefighters After Setting Her Home on Fire

An update to the tragic events that occurred in Wilmington, Delaware early Saturday Morning.  A woman has been arrested and charged with murder in the deaths of two Firefighters who were operating inside the home when the floor collapsed.  Our thoughts are still with the Wilmington Firefighters and and their families.  It has been a tough week in the fire service.  We hope each and everyone of you stays safe.  Everybody goes home.

Delawareonline.com – “A 27-year-old woman who lived at the Canby Park rowhome that went up in flames Saturday morning, killing two Wilmington firefighters, told police she was drunk and on anxiety medication when she became angry and set fire to the basement of the home, according to court documents obtained by The News Journal.

Beatriz Fana-Ruiz is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree arson, four counts of second-degree assault in the injuries of other firefighters involved and seven counts of reckless endangerment, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.”

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“The fire ravaged the rowhome and left three firefighters trapped in the basement of the house when the first floor collapsed. Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes did not survive.  

Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope and Brad Speakman remain hospitalized at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Hope remains in critical but stable condition and Speakman has been upgraded to stable condition. A photo of him posted Wednesday shows him standing in the hospital smiling with bandages on his hands, legs and head.”…Continue Reading Here



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