A firefighter and a civilian have died, and two other firefighters were injured following a fire at a rowhouse in Colorado, Philadelphia today.
The fire on the 2200 block of North Colorado Street, near 17th Street and Susquehanna Avenue, was reported at 8:51 am. The fire extended to ‘two alarms’ and was placed under control at 10:48 am.
The firefighter was named at a press conference this afternoon. He was Lt. Matt LeTourneau, 42, of Engine 45, Philadelphia Fire Department. Lt. LeTourneau was hired in 2007. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2015. He received a unit citation in 2010 and a letter of commendation for his service during the World Meeting of Families in 2015.
He graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield in 1993 and held an associate’s degree in fire science from Delaware County Community College. He lived in Springfield and is survived by his mother, other relatives and friends.
The civilian has not yet been named.
A civilian removed from the home prior to the collapse also died. That person has not yet been named.
Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said at a press conference ‘interior structural collapse’ pinned Lt. Matthew LeTourneau, 42, in rubble and debris. It took firefighters and paramedics about 30 minutes to free LeTourneau, who was rushed to Temple University Hospital. He died from his injuries at 11:07 am.
“We are without words,” he said.
Mayor Jim Keney: I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Lt. Matthew LeTourneau. I am grateful for his outstanding service to our city during his 11-year career. It is always a tragedy to lose a first responder in the line of duty. Lt. LeTourneau sacrificed his life trying to save others. Our firefighters demonstrate tremendous acts of heroism every single day. I extend my sincerest condolences to his family. Please keep his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.