Two working fires at the same address less than 8 hours apart gutted a 3 story vacant row dwelling in Reading's fire scarred 6th Ward area.The fire building as well as numerous exposures were previously damaged by fires in 1996, and 1998. Although the fire was at the same address, different boxes were transmitted each time due to the origin of the calls reporting the fires. Both fires required 1&3/4-inch handlines to bring under control and an additional engine company was requested at both fires. No injuries were reported in either fire and a damage estimate was unavailable due to the conditoin of the building from the previous fires. Officials said the first fire was deliberatley set in the boarded up building which was loaded with trash and other debris. An investigation into the cause of the 2nd fire is under way. The following is a break down of each fire.
1552 hours :Box 723, 2nd & Elm streets, fire in 300 blk N. Front street. E3,1,5,L1,Sn1,R1,Medic unit, C1,C2, & C9.
1554: E3 on location, heavy smoke showing from 3 story M.O.R. vacant dwelling.
1604: Special call E11, stretch lines to rear via 100 blk of Buttonwood street
1620: C1 reports a 3 story M.O.R.vacant at 355 N. Front street, fire on all floors, all companies working, extensive overhaul
1652: Fire under control by orders of C-1
Same date, hours later:
2336: Box 76, Front & Buttonwood streets, fire reported at 355 N. Front street, E3,11,1,L1,Sn1,R1,Medic unit, C4 & C8.
2338: C-4 on location with fire and heavy smoke showing from rear of previously burned vacant
2346: Special call E5, supply E1
2400: Fire under control by orders of C-4, extensive overhaul.

[This message has been edited by RdgFire (edited November 06, 1999).]