Wilmington, DE injury
Firefighter falls two stories while fighting blaze; others injured
(Wilmington-AP) -- A firefighter fell two stories after battling
a blaze at the 23rd Street Market in Wilmington.
Lieutenant George Merrill was among 42 firefighters called to
the 8 a-m fire on North Pine Street. He apparently became
disoriented and exited the building the wrong way.
He thought he was leaving the building through a rooftop window
with a back porch. Instead, he exited a second floor window on a
different side of the building where he fell to a concrete walkway.
Merrill is being treated at Christiana Hospital for several
broken ribs and a punctured lung. He is in stable condition.
Two other firefighters -- James Tearl and Hiram Whatley --
suffered burns to their face. Both were treated and released at the
Wilmington Hospital. No other injuries were reported.
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press.
God bless him. He'll be in my thoughts and prayers.