041299 @0300 Box 2122-American Chain & Cable complex,476 Tulpehocken street. E3,11,1,5, L1,Sn1,R2, C2 & C9. Fire involved a large pile of trash & derbis on the 2nd floor of a large vacant industrial building. The fire is the latest in more than 3 dozen fires in and around buildings in the vacant industrial complex since the early 90's.
041399 @1130. South Heidelberg Twp (10 miles west of Reading) 14 Old W. Penn ave. A 36 year-old male died from smoke inhalation after a fire heavily damaged his brick 2&1/2 story single family dwelling. 7 county companies battled the fire which started at the 1st floor rear of the building and spread to the 2nd floor & attic.
041499 @ 1400 Box 79 Schuylkill Ave & Jefferson St. for a building collapse at 145-147 Elm street. E1,5,9, L1,R2, C1 & C5. Units arrived to find partial collapse of the 2nd & 3rd floors of a vacant 3 story brick duplex. The attached building on the exposure 2 side (also vacant) suffered minor damage as well. Companies confirmed nobody was in or around the buildings and cordoned the area off. Both houses are slated for demolition.
041599 @ 1600 Box 2194- Baldwin Hardware, 841 E. Wyomissing Blvd. E14,5,3,1, L1, Sn1, R2, C2 & C9. Fire involved a large piece of machinery inside the building which exteneded into the ductwork & roof area. Comapanies operated at the scene for 3 hours with extensive overhaul.