Two firefighters killed in DE blaze

Floor Collapse Traps Kills 2 Wilmington Firefighters

Two longtime firefighters were killed when a floor in a rowhouse collapsed during an intense fire early Saturday.

The fire broke out in a brick home along Lakeview Road in a development called Canby Park. Two other injured firefighters were treated at the hospital and released Saturday afternoon.

One of the two critically injured firefighters is a woman.

Officials have identified the two firefighters who were killed in the house fire in Wilmington as 41-year-old Lieutenant Christopher Leach, and 51-year-old, Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes.

A family of six lives in the home, parents and four children, Veasey said and they all got out okay. They remained hospitalized Sunday, according to Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony Goode, but further details on their conditions were not immediately available. The Delaware State Fire School said the Wilmington Fire Department will share more information when it is appropriate. The chief says firefighters entered the home and started up the steps. A city is left heartbroken over the loss of two firefighters, two fathers, two heroes. "I said to myself, 'How the hell are (firefighters) going to get in there". All of our family is hurting, significantly. But Leach, Fickes and two other firefighters became trapped in the basement when the floor collapsed beneath them. "The entire city is hurting significantly; I know I am". After an agonizing hour, a body was carried away with an American flag draped over it. Hours later, police saluted as their bodies were driven to the medical examiner.

The Latest on a fatal fire in Wilmington, Delaware (all times local): 2 p.m. WDEL-FM reports ( ) that a third firefighter was critically burned. After her children were rousted from sleep, they managed to escape out the back of the house.