Mourners honor a Wilmington firefighter who died of injuries sustained in the line of duty.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports hundreds of people had arrived Saturday morning for a public viewing for 48-year-old Ardythe Hope, who was critically injured in a row home blaze in September that killed two of her colleagues. She died Dec. 1.
Hope’s casket arrived on a fire engine and received a police escort to the Chase Center, where the viewing was held. A public funeral followed. Pipe and drum bands played as her casket, with an American flag draped over it, was taken inside.
Beatrice Fana-Ruiz, the daughter of the row home owner, has been charged with arson and murder in the fire.