The following incidents occurred in Reading,Pa over the past few days..
112799: At 0149 hours units were dispatched to haz-mat box 542, 5th & Bern streets for a tank car leaking in the 6th street rail yard near Hiesters Lane. A tank car containing Propionaldehyde (a noxious marine pollutant) was leaking. Units stood-by until the product was offloaded into another tank car and returned to service at 0355 hours. Companies assigned to the incident: E11,9,3,L3,R1,Medic1,C-5 & 6,Berks county EMA and Haz Mat representatives.
112799 @ 2123 hours. Box 34, 3rd & Walnut streets was transmitted for a dwelling fire at 213 No. 4th street. Companies arrived to find fire showing from the 3rd floor front of a 3 story E.O.R dwelling which was supposed to be vacant but showed signs otherwise. The fire was brought under control in 15 minutes by a 1&3/4-inch line and confined to the room of origin. A damage estimate was unavailable. Companies assigned to the box: E3,1,5,L1,Sn1,R1,Medic3,C-3 & 6.
112899: At 1733 hours, units were once again dispatched to Mount Penn Mountain behind Reading High School @ 767 No. 13th street for a brush fire--the latest of 50 or so brush fires to strike both of Reading's mountains this year. Units found a fire burning in a circular area encompassing about 2 acres. City units were assisted by 2 county companies as the fire was along the city/county line and also 1 of the city's brush units was out of service for mechanical reasons. The fire was placed under control at 1857 hours. Companies assigned : E1,9,Brush1,L3 (for manpower), C-7 & 9,Pa. Dept of Forestry, County companies 4 & 8.
120499: At 1550 hours, box 252, 11th & Penn streets was transmitted for a kitchen fire in a dwelling at 51 So. 11th street . Units arrived to find heavy smoke showing from a 3 story M.O.R. dwelling. Companies removed 2 occupants from the 2nd floor as the fire involving the 1st floor kitchen & rear room was brought under control with a 1&3/4-inch line. The fire was brought under control at 1605 hours and caused $10,000 damage. Companies assigned : E1,13,3,Sn1,L1,R1.Medic1, & C-3
120499: At 1749 an engine,ladder and chief were dispatched to Saint Joseph Medical Center, 215 No. 12th street for an alarm system activation. While still enroute, Fire communications recieved a 911 call reporting smoke in a 1st floor room & hallway. Box 1312 was transmitted as the initial assignment was arriving at the building. The 1st-due engine reported light smoke in the first floor hallway in the E.R. area with an electrical odor. The hospital went on divert status and their employees removed patients in the area while fire personnel searched for the source of the smoke. An air handling blower motor in a 1st floor ceiling was found to be the cause after an intensive search by firefighters. The situation was placed under control and units returned to service at 1858 hours. Companies assigned: still alarm-E1,L3,C-7, Box 1312- E13,9,3,Sn1,L1,R1,Medic1, C-3 & 5.
120599: At 1135 hours box 544, Kutztown Road & Rockland street was transmitted for a building fire at a used-car dealeship at 801 Hiester's Lane. Companies arrived to find smoke showing from a 1 story commercial building. Entry to the building was gained and firefighters found fire burning between a drop ceiling and the old ceiling joists. The fire was brought under control by a 1&3/4-inch line at 1154 hours. A damage estimate was unavailable. Companies assigned : E9,1,3,L3,R1,Medic 4, and C-4 & 8.