The following incidents occurred in Reading over the past few days:
****030700: At 0907 hours box 231, 16th St. & Perkiomen Ave was transmitted for a dwelling fire at 1555 Cotton street. Companies arrived to find a 2&1/2 story M.O.R. dwelling with heavy fire showing 2nd floor. Companies quickly advanced a 1&3/4-inch line and knocked down the fire involving 2 rooms on the 2nd floor, bringing the fire under control at 0923 hours. The fire caused $20,000 damage and left a family of 3 homeless. No injuries were reported and the fire was caused by a child playing with a lighter. Companies assigned on the box : E13,5,1,Sn1,R1,Medic4, C3 & 6
*****031300 : A smoky fire involving a truck carrying hay bales required extensive overhaul and shut down a busy Berks County highway for more than 4 hours.At 0610 hours E14 & C9 were dispatched for a reported truck fire at Lancaster Avenue & West Shore Bypass (aka Rt 422). While units were enroute dispatched advised of a working fire and that the truck was actually on the limited access Bypass at the Lancaster Ave overpass. At 0612 hours box 155, Lancaster Ave & Arlington St, was filled out. Companies arrived at 0614 and reported a truck carrying hay bales well involved and brush along the roadway burning from debris. At 0620 hours Brush-1 was dispatched for fire patrol as the truck had dropped flaming debris into wooded area along the bypass at Schlegel Park. Companies used a 1&3/4-inch foam line & a booster line on the fully involved truck and laid a supply line down a brush covered incline to a hydrant at Lancaster & Pennsylvania Aves. The fire was placed under control at 0739 hours but units would remain on scene overhauling and offloading the smoldering hay bales until 1000 hours. Two firefighters suffered minor back injuries during the incident and were treated at a local hospital. The truck was destroyed but a damage estimate was unavailable. Companies assigned : Still alarm- E14 & C9. Box- E5,8-3,L1,R1,Medic1 & 7, C2, Special call - Brush 1
**** 031400 : At 1603 hours box 821, W.Windsor & Weiser streets was transmitted for a dwelling fire at 825 Weiser steet. Companies arrived to find medium smoke showing from the 1st floor of a 3 story M.O.R dwelling. Companies stretched a 1&3/4-inch line and quickly extinguished the kicthen fire, bringing it under control at 1614 hours. No injuries were reported and the fire caused $7,000 damage to the 1st floor of the home. The fire was caused by unattended cooking. Companies assigned : E11,8-3,9,L3,R1,Medic3, C5 & 7.
****031500: At 1620 hours box 14, 5th & Spruce streets was transmitted for a structure fire to the rear of 205 S. 5th street. Companies arrived to find a 3 story vacant E.O.R dwelling at 512 Chestnut street, were an outside rubbish fire had extended to the 1st & 2nd floors. Companies deployed 3, 1&3/4-inch handlines and forced entry into the boarded up building and made a quick knock-down. The fire was placed under control at 1639 hours. Officials have labeled the fire suspicious and are investigating. No injuries were reported and a damage estimate was unavailable. Companies assigned: E5,8-3,1,Sn1,L1,R1,Medic3 C1,5 & 7
****031600: At 0732 hours, box 14 5th & Spruce streets was struck again for a dwelling fire at 214 Pearl street. Companies arrived to find a 2&1/2 story M.O.R dwelling with medium smoke showing from the 2nd floor. Companies stretched a 1&3/4-inch line and knocked down the fire involving a 2nd floor bedroom. The fire was placed under control at 0746 hours. No injuries were reported and a damage estimate was unavailable. Companies assigned: E5,8-3,1,Sn1,L1,R1,Medic7, C3 & 6