Del. firefighter still critical after fire that killed 2 colleagues

Ardythe Hope was injured when a floor gave way during a rowhouse fire that killed two other firefighters

By FireRescue1 Staff

WILMINGTON, Del. —  A firefighter injured in the Sept. 24 rowhouse fire that killed two other firefighters remains in the hospital after her condition worsened this week. 

Firefighter Ardythe Hope was in stable condition last week, but hospital officials said she is now in critical condition. 

Ardythe Hope. (Photo/Wilmington Fire Department)
Ardythe Hope. (Photo/Wilmington Fire Department)

A hospital spokesperson stated they are unable to discuss details regarding Hope’s condition; the hospital considers someone in critical condition as having vital signs that are unstable and not within normal limits. 

Hope sustained injuries during the fire when a floor collapsed, reported Two of Hope’s colleagues, Capt. Christopher Leach and Lt. Jerry Fickes, were killed in the blaze. 

Another colleague, Brad Speakman, was also hospitalized and is in stable condition. 

Over $100,000 has been raised for the families of the firefighters via GoFundMe

Authorities have charged Beatriz Dana-Ruiz, 27, with murder, arson and assault regarding the incident. 

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