These fires occurred in Reading over the past few days:
----072000: At 2140 hours a still alarm was dispatched to the rear of the Sealed Air Corporation, 450 Riverfront Drive for a reported guard booth on fire. Companies arrived at 2141 hours to find a small, 1 story guard booth fully involved. An additional engine company was special called for water supply at 2144 hours as companies used a 1&3/4-inch handline to bring the fire under control by 2147 hours. No injuries were reported in the fire which caused $50,000 damage to the booth and its electronic equipment. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Companies assigned: still alarm: E3,L1, & C2. special call: E5
----072100: At 0038 hours box 46, 9th & Buttonwood streets was transmitted for a reported structure fire in the rear of the 800 block of Green street. Companies arrived at 0041 hours to find a 2 story garage fully involved and already collapsing to the rear of a dwelling at 838 Green street. Companies used a deluge gun and 2- 1&3/4-inch handlines (1 of them a foam line) to bring the fire under control by 0110 hours. Companies had difficulting extinguishing the fire because of downed power lines & collapse of the fire building. No injuries were reported and damage was estimated at $5,000. Officials have labeled the fire suspicious. Companies assigned: E1,9,3,L3,Sn1,R1,Medic1, C2, & safety company- E13.
----072500: At 0546 hours box 24, Orange and Chestnut streets was transmitted for a reported dwelling fire at 823 Bingaman street. Companies arrived at 0548 hours to find a fire involving the kitchen of a 2&1/2 story M.O.R. dwelling. Companies quickly knocked down the fire with a 1&3/4-inch line, bringing it under control by 0557 hours. No injuries were reported and a damage estimate was unavailable. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Companies assigned: E13,1,5,Sn1,L1,R1,Medic1, C3 & 6, safety company- E3