- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington’s fire chief says he expects an additional murder charge will be filed against the woman accused of starting a rowhome blaze that killed three firefighters.

Local news media outlets report that Fire Chief Anthony Goode said Friday that a third murder charge will likely be brought against Beatrice Fana-Ruiz following the death Thursday of the third firefighter, Ardythe Hope. Hope had been hospitalized since the September fire.

Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes were also killed after the first floor of the burning rowhome collapsed, trapping them in the basement.

Fana-Ruiz, the daughter of the homeowner and a temporary resident, has been charged arson and two counts of first-degree murder for intentionally setting the fire. An attorney for Fana-Ruiz didn’t immediately return a phone message on Saturday.


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