Funeral arrangements have been made for the Philadelphia Fire Department lieutenant who died Saturday after being trapped under rubble and debris while battling a blaze that engulfed a two-story North Philadelphia rowhouse.
The department announced Monday that viewings for Lt. Matthew LeTourneau will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
A Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Friday at the cathedral. LeTourneau will be buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Marple Township, Delaware County.
LeTourneau, 42, of Springfield, Delaware County, died Saturday morning after he was pulled from the rubble at 2240 N. Colorado St. He was an 11-year veteran of the department, most recently assigned to Engine 45 Platoon A at 26th Street near York Street in North Philadelphia. He was also a volunteer firefighter with the Springfield Fire Company.
His body was escorted by fellow firefighters to O'Leary Funeral Home in Springfield on Saturday night.
The blaze, reported at 8:51 a.m. Saturday, also claimed the life of the man who lived inside the rowhouse. A spokesman for the Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that the man had yet to be identified. Two other firefighters were also injured in the blaze.
The cause of the two-alarm fire has yet to be determined. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Monday said that its National Response Team was assisting the Fire Department and the Fire Marshal's Office.
In a statement, the ATF said that when firefighters responded, they found the man's body near the front door.
"During firefighting operations, the second floor of the structure collapsed, trapping PFD Lt. Matthew LeTourneau," the statement said. LeTourneau was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital that morning.
Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said Saturday afternoon outside the hospital that it took firefighters and paramedics about 30 minutes to free LeTourneau following the structural collapse.
While trapped, LeTourneau "was never alone," Thiel said. "The rescue effort started almost immediately."
Neighbors on Colorado Street said Saturday that they didn't know the full name of the resident who died, but said he was in his 50s and lived alone. Some called him Andre or Drew.
One next-door neighbor said that about 2 a.m. Saturday, she saw the man returning home, clutching a box that contained a heater.
She said the victim told her he didn't have any heat in his house. "He said he was going to turn on his heater and stay in the house," said the neighbor, Sherel Smith, 30.