Ricky Creech, president of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, died early Saturday morning in a fire at his Lake Waccamaw home.

Ricky Creech (New BGH president)

Ricky Creech

Crews were dispatched to the fire in the 1000 block of Canal Cove Road at 12:47 a.m. The home is not on the BGHNC campus, which is roughly a mile away.

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Creech was the handler for two assistance dogs, Zara and Kiawah, who worked at BGHNC and who also died in the fire. Photo: paws4people foundation

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Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Equine Therapy Coordinator Amanda Thompson and President Ricky Creech are pictured with a mare and foal in a file photo.