Third Wilmington firefighter dies from Canby Park blaze injuries

Wilmington Firefighter Ardythe Hope (Photo: Wilmington Fire Department)
Wilmington Firefighter Ardythe Hope (Photo: Wilmington Fire Department)

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE (12/2/2016) A third Wilmington firefighter has died from injuries received during a blaze at a home in Canby Park in September, authorities announced Thursday night.

“It is with a heavy heart that the Wilmington Fire Department announces the line of duty death of Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope,” the department said in a brief news release.

Fire Chief Anthony Goode planned a news conference for this morning.

Beatriz Fana-Ruiz, 27, had been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Lt. Christopher Leach, 41, and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, 51. They died when a floor collapsed above them while they were in the basement.

The fire struck about 3 a.m. Sept. 15 in the row home at 1927 Lakeview Road. 

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Scene of fatal fire in Canby Park (Photo: Delaware Free News)
Scene of fatal fire in Canby Park (Photo: Delaware Free News)