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UPDATED: Philadephia Fire Department Capt. Michael Goodwin, Ladder 27, killed in collapse at fabric shop. Firefighter Andrew Godlewski burned trying to save captain. Watch press conference.

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WCAU-TV:

A fire burned a fabric shop, upstairs apartments and a neighboring boutique Saturday evening, causing a partial roof collapse that killed a firefighter and injured a colleague who was trying to rescue him, officials said.

Captain Michael Goodwin, 53, was killed in the line of duty, Amy Daly, a nursing supervisor at Jefferson University Hospitals, told The Associated Press. Goodwin was a 29-year veteran of the fire department. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says he was killed in a fall from the third floor roof to the second.

The second firefighter, Andrew Godlinski, 28, of Ladder 2, was hospitalized with burns. Officials say he was injured while trying to rescue Captain Goodwin. He is expected to survive.

Officials say Captain Goodwin belonged to Ladder 27. His comrades saluted as his body was carried out and taken to the hospital.

WPVI-TV:

Firefighters stood side by side and saluted 53-year-old Captain Michael Goodwin from Ladder 27b. He was killed in a fall from the third floor roof to the second.

The fire roared out of control for hours from the three story building on the stretch known as “Fabric Row.”

Neighbors say the fire started in the basement of a business called Jack B Fabrics and spread to other parts of the business and apartments upstairs.

Another firefighter 28-year-old Andrew Godlinski, suffered burns while trying to save his fallen captain. He was treated at a local hospital and is expected to survive.

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PhillyFireNews.com:

Engine-11 arrived on scene with smoke showing from the first floor of three story store front with apartments above. B/C-4 reported companies had trouble located the seat of the fire in the basement of fabric store. Placed all hands in service Deputy-1 requested the second alarm. Command ordered all companies out of the building and went in service with an exterior operations. Command requested the third alarm struck for heavy fire through out. Command requested a the collapse unit for a firefighter trapped after a collapse of the building.

The firefighter was recovered from the building and transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Another firefighter was burned in an attempt to rescue the trapped firefighter.

The firefighter was pronounced at the hospital. He had been the Captain of Ladder-27.

Mike Newall, Philly.com:

The collapse left the firefighter trapped inside the building on the street known as Fabric Row, officials said. Other firefighters saluted as his body was carried out on a stretcher and taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

The fatality came just short of a year since the last time Philadelphia firefighters died in the line of duty. A warehouse blaze in the Kensington section last April 11 killed Capt. Robert Neary, 59, and Daniel Sweeney, 25, both from Ladder 10, and injured two other firefighters.

“We have a department that is wounded,” Ayers said. “We have scars that are fresh, and indeed they have now been reopened.”

WTXF-TV:

The first engine arrived four minutes after the fire call came in, Ayers said. One person inside the building at the time was taken out by firefighters, as they stretched hoses into the building and went to work.

It was 31 minutes after the initial call when the second alarm was struck. Ayers said the crews faced “faced heavy smoke, heavy fire,” adding that from the exterior you could see fabric throughout the store.

It was 6:21 p.m. when officials were informed that a member of the department was “down.” The report changed to one member “missing,” and a third alarm was struck by 6:30 p.m.

Ayers said they found out subsequently that the firefighter “had fallen from the third-floor roof to the second-floor roof.”

“Firefighters were trying to rescue him from the second-floor roof when that roof collapsed,” the fire commissioner went on to say.

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  • ukfbbuff

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of FC Michael Goodwin and FF Andrew Godlinski.

  • http://msn retiredFFin SC

    May God bless over Capt. Goodwin , his family and friends at this time and keep then in has care. RIP Capt.

  • Pipeman27

    RIP Captain

  • Truckie88

    Rest in Peace Brother

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  • Fire21

    Peaceful rest to Captain Mike. Rest and quick recovery to FF Godlinski (Godlewski?). God’s blessing of peace to all the family members and friends.

    • dave statter

      Not sure who was in error, the FD or press. Early reports had name consistently wrong in every article I saw. Noticed it corrected today. Godlewski apparently is correct.

  • CCVFD

    Rest in Peace Captain. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • JAMES GOODWIN

    MY BROTHER CAPT. MICHAEL GOODWIN ALWAYS WAS A GREAT FIREFIGHTER AND ONE OF THE BEST LEADERS IN PHILADELPHIA FIRE DEPT. ANDREWS ACTIONS WERE HEROIC. IF YOU TO GUYS DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT MY BROTHER WOULD SAY IF YOU DONT HAVE SOMETHING NICE TO SAY ABOUT SOMEONE (A REAL FIREFIGHTER ANDREW) THEN JUST SIT BACK AND SAY NOTHING. MY BROTHERS MEN CAME TO MY HOUSE AND TOLD ME WHAT HAPPEN AND WHAT THEY DID WAS HEROIC.

    FROM JAMES MICHAEL GOODWIN BROTHER OF CAPT MICHAEL GOODWIN. P.S I AM ALSO A PHILADELPHIA POLICE OFFICER I KNOW WHAT HAPPEN THEY ARE HEROS.