The 27-year-old daughter of the owner of a residence where a fire claimed the lives of two firefighters was arrested and charged with arson, assault, and murder.
According to Asst. State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio, the woman charged was Beatriz Fana-Ruiz, 27, daughter of the owner of 1927 Lakeview Road, where a fire claimed the lives of Lt. Christopher Leach and Sr. Firefighter Jerry Fickes on September 24, 2016.
Lt. Christopher Leach, left, and Sr. FF Jerry Fickes, right/WDEL file
Additionally injured in the fire and subsequent rescue attempt were Lt. John Cawthray, Sr. Firefighter Ardythe Hope, Sr. Firefighter Terrence Tate and Firefighter Brad Speakman.
Clockwise from top-left: Hope, Speakman, Tate, and Cawthray
She has been charged with two counts first-degree murder, four counts of second-degree assault, first-degree arson, and seven counts of first-degree reckless endangering.
Court documents, obtained by WDEL, revealed Fana-Ruiz was allegedly angry, went into the basement of the home, and set it ablaze.
Seven others were inside the home at the time of the fire; they all made it out alive.
Fana-Ruiz admitted to investigators she was drunk and on anxiety medication and said she "could not remember anything else" from that night, according to court records.
Mayor Dennis P. Williams and Chief Anthony Goode thanked the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office, the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Wilmington Police Department, the Delaware Attorney General's Office, and all the agencies--local, state, or federal--which assisted in responding to the fire and securing of the crime scene.
Fana-Ruiz is being held on $6 million cash bail.