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Philadelphia Fire Captain Michael Goodwin Dies Fighting Fabric Store Fire

April 7, 2013

PHILADELPHIA PA--Philadelphia firefighters mourned the loss of one of their own in the

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Michael Goodwin, Captian Philadelphia Fire Department
photo via www.iaff22.org
line of duty for the third time in less than a year, saluting the body of a veteran captain as it was carried from the ruins of a three-story building that collapsed underneath him during a blaze.

 

At an emotional news conference late Saturday after the fire in the city's Fabric Row section was extinguished, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers told reporters that the victim, 53-year-old Capt. Michael Goodwin, was his friend and "a ladder man. A firefighter's firefighter."

"He's the kind of guy who looked out for his folks - a big guy," Ayers said. Goodwin had been with the department for 29 years.

A colleague of the fallen firefighter, 28-year-old Andrew Godlinski, was burned on his hands while trying to rescue his comrade and is recovering, officials said. via www.iaff22.org

The Associated Press reported that Saturday's fire appeared to have started in a fabric store downstairs before spreading to upstairs apartments and a neighboring boutique. The proprietors of both stores told The Philadelphia Inquirer that everyone in both buildings at the time of the fire managed to escape.

The fire's cause wasn't immediately known, but Bruce Blumenthal, the owner of Jack B. Fabrics, said he believes it started in a wall and may have been electrical in nature.

Blumenthal said he smelled smoke coming from the basement around 5 p.m. and found a box of collars and cuffs on fire. He tried to put the flames out with an extinguisher, to no avail.

Goodwin was on the roof of the building when it collapsed, trapping him inside. Godlinski tried to rescue him before a second-floor roof and two walls also collapsed, officials said.

Goodwin is survived by a wife and two grown children, Ayers said.

 

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