NORTH PHILADELPHIA (AP/WTXF) - A veteran firefighter and a resident were killed when a fast-moving fire roared through a North Philadelphia row home Saturday morning.
City officials say 42-year-old Lieutenant Matthew Le Tourneau was pinned under debris inside the home when it collapsed.
He was rescued by fellow firefighters and taken to the hospital. A 1993 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School, Lt.
The 11-year-veteran was pronounced dead a short time later. Le Tourneau 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.“Our hearts are breaking,” said Fire Commissioner Adam K. “We are without words.”“I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Lt.
Matthew Le Tournea," Mayor Kenney said in a statement.
"I am grateful for his outstanding service to our city during his 11-year career." It is with great sorrow that I stand with Commissioner @Thiel Adam today to announce the death of Lt.
Matthew Le Tourneau, who lost his life while fighting to keep the people of Philadelphia safe.
I know our city grieves with all of our brothers and sisters in the @Philly Fire Dept.— Jim Kenney (@Philly Mayor) January 6, 2018 Authorities say a person inside the home also died in the blaze.
Another person from a neighboring home was taken to Temple University Hospital and was listed in critical condition. The last Philadelphia firefighter killed in action was Lieutenant Joyce Craig, who was fatally injured in December 2014 while battling a wind-whipped house fire. @Thiel Adam “Our hearts are breaking.” Person in house also killed.
Their names and further details about their injuries were not disclosed. Breaking: @Philly Fire Dept Lieutenant Matt Le Tourneau killed after being pinned in N. 2 firefighters hurt but out of hospital “soon” @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/i Dx N5POe BI— Steve Keeley (@Keeley Fox29) January 6, 2018We send our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters at the @Philly Fire Dept on the passing of Lt. The bravery displayed by these men and women every day serves as an inspiration to us all. Le Torneau's family in your thoughts and prayers.
Two other firefighters were also injured in the fire and transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/TMDu6KXmam— Philadelphia Police (@Philly Police) January 6, 2018Hard to express our sadness about losing Matt who served our community for so long as an EMT for Springfield Ambulance Corps and firefighter for @springfieldfd44.