Jan. 7 (UPI) — A Philadelphia fire lieutenant and a resident were killed Saturday when a fast-moving fire tore through a row house, according to officials.
LeTourneau, an 11-year-veteran of the department, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 42.
“Our hearts are breaking,” Thiel said in a news release. “And we are without words.”
A resident at the north Philadelphia row home was found dead and two other firefighters were injured in the blaze.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued a statement to extend his condolences.
“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,” Kenney said. “Lt. LeTourneau sacrificed his life trying to save others. Our firefighters demonstrate tremendous acts of heroism every single day.”