Fallen firefighter remembered

March 6, 2008 6:00:55 PM PST
35-year-old Nick Picozzi died yesterday, while battling a blaze in the 100-block of Moser Street in Upper Chichester.The front of Piozzi's firehouse was draped with black bunting on Thursday. Many came to pay their respects, including Shirley Laurence, who didn't know Nick Picozzi, but was moved to tears. She brought flowers to honor the deceased firefighter.

Injured firefighter Chris Durbano and his chief met with Picozzi's family to finalize funeral arrangements.

Kelly Orfetel, who lived in the house that burned, says her prayers are will the firefighters family. Members of Orfetel's church helped find replacement belongings for the Orfetels.

Neighbors, who had moved, offered the family the use of their house.

"It was on the market, they took it off the market and wanted us to come and stay in their house, and it's just amazing," Kelly Orfetel said.

"[They are] literally across the street; they can still keep a watch of what needs to happen while they're able to settle in, which is wonderful," Reverend Brad Kellum, the Orfetel's pastor said.

Exactly what occurred Wednesdy is still under investigation.

One theory begins with the huge tree that dragged down 13,000 volt power lines. PECO says the tree may have sparked a huge power surge through the wiring feeding the house

It is still unclear why the firefighters were inside the unoccupied house and what killed Nick Picozzi.

"I am investigating from top to bottom how Nick died and the fire," Fire Marshall Dave Holland said.

Funeral arrangements for Picozzi were announced today.

The viewing will be Monday from 3:30 to 9:00 at Holy Savior Church on Ridge Road in Lower Chichester.

The funeral mass wil be held Tuesday at noon at the church, with burial to follow at Lawn Croft Cemetery.