The following incidents occurred in Reading over the past few days:
----082300: *****MVA pin job**** At 1608 hours a rescue assignment was dispatched to 11th & Rockland streets for a reported MVA. Units arrived at 1611 hours to find a 2 vehicle accident with the driver of 1 vehicle trapped inside. Companies used the jaws to free the victim at 1622 hours. She was transported to a local hospital in stable condition with multiple injuries. Companies assigned: E11,L3,Medic3, & C6
-----082500: AT 0756 hours box 616, Rockland Street and Alsace Road was transmitted for a dwelling fire at 1927 Lorraine Road. Companies arrived at 0801 hours to find smoke showing from a 2 story 40x60 single family dwelling. While enroute, 3rd-due E1 was involved in an MVA with a civilian auto at Hampden Boulevard and Rockland Street and was unable to continue its response. The safety company was moved up to 3rd-due engine and an additional engine was special called to be the safety company at 0803 hours.
The kitchen fire which had extended into the walls and ceiling was brought under control at 0818 hours with 2-1&3/4-inch lines. No injuries were reported in the fire which caused an estimated $50,000 damage and was caused by a potpourri cooker which was left turned on. Companies assigned: E9,11,1,L3,R1,Medic9, C4 & 8, E13-safety company. Special call: E3-fill in for safety company.
**No injuries were reported in the accident involving E1 and the civilian auto at Hampden blvd. & Rockland st. Police cited the driver of the civilan auto after he admitted he heard & saw the apparatus approaching and pulled over but failed to stop, driving into the side of E1 as it made a right turn onto Rockland street. Damage to E1 was moderate, the civilian auto was heavily damaged.
-----082500: At 2150 hours a still alarm was being dispatched for an alarm system activation at the Washington Towers apartment building at 50 No. 4th street. Before the station tones could be dropped, numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting a fire at the address prompted Fire Communications to upgrade the assignment and transmit high-rise box 1617. First-due E3 arrived at the 12 story apartment building from its quarters across the street at 2151 hours and reported smoke showing from the basement parking garage area with the sprinkler system in activation. Companies found an automobile heavily involved but contained by the sprinkler system in the garage area, with heavy smoke in the stair towers from the basement to the roof. The fire was extinguished with a 1&1/2-inch handline and placed under control at 2210 hours. Companies remained on the scene for more than an hour & a half venting smoke from the building. No injuries were reported and a damage estimate was unavailable. Companies assigned: E3,1,5,11,L1,Sn1,L3,R1,Medics 6 & 8, C2,4, & 7 .
----082600: At 0038 hours Box 49, 12th and Buttonwood streets was transmitted for a dwelling fire in the 400 block of Birch street. Companies arrived at 0040 hours to find heavy fire showing from the 1st & 2nd floors of a 2&1/2 story M.O.R. vacant dwelling at 452 Birch street. The 1st-due engine was unable to make the narrow street because of an illegally parked tractor trailer and was forced to hand stretch in from Buttonwood street.With fire spreading into exposures 2 & 4 ( an occupied & vacant similar type buildings), a 2nd alarm was transmitted at 0055 hours. Companies used numerous 1&3/4-inch lines and extensive truck work to bring the fire under control at 0148 hours. No injuries were reported and damage was estimated at $20,000. Companies assigned: 1st alarm: E1,9,13,L3,Sn1,R1,Medic8, C2 & 4, E3-safety company. 2nd alarm: E11,5,L1,C1,7, & 8.
Officials have labaled the fire suspicious, as well as a fire reported minutes after this one in a garage 4 blocks away at 317 No.10th street. That fire was extinguish by the occupants prior to the arrival of companies. Both are under investigation.